War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0719 Chapter LIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 30, 1865.

General R. E. LEE:

Following just received:

My preference is to remain with you as at present, for I could scarcely expect at this juncture to be furnished with a force at all commensurate with the exigency or able to make head against the enemy reported advancing from East Tennessee toward Southwestern Virginia. A mere territorial command substantially bereft of troops, and in which I could render no positive service, would not be agreeable, for I could not hope to be effective, whereas here I may be useful.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 30, 1865.

Lieutenant General R. TAYLOR,

Meridian, Miss.:

Are any of the arms of the Tennessee army at your disposal? They are reported to have brought 11,000 across the Tennessee River. Less than half that number has come here.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 30, 1865-3. 15 p. m.

Brigadier General BRADLEY T. JOHNSTON,

Salisbury, N. C.:

Keep me informed here and General S. D. Lee at Chester of enemy's movements at Lenoir.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 30, 1865.

General S. D. LEE,

Chester, S. C.:

General Bradley Johnson reports from Salisbury enemy's raiders (about 4,000 strong) at Lenoir. General Johnson will keep you advised of enemy's movements and if necessary you will stop a part of your forces at or about Salisbury to meet and defeat him.

G. T. BEUAREGARD.

INSPECTOR-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT,

March 30, 1865.

Colonel E. J. HARVIE,

Inspector-General:

COLONEL: Upon an inspection of the Army of Tennessee, in order to ascertain the number of ordnance wagons that command is entitled [to], I have the honor to report the following: Number of guns in Lee's corps, 2,622; number of ordnance wagons, 10; number of guns in Cheatham's corps, 2,130; number of ordnance wagons, 9; number of guns in Stewart's corps, 813; number of ordnance wagons, 4.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

POLLOK B. LEE,

Major and Assistant Inspector-General.