War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0724 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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

Brigadier General J. G. MARTIN:

(Care of Brigadier General B. T. Johnson, Salisbury.)

Co-operate with troops on railroad near Salisbury against Federal raid. Move promptly. Report your force.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 31, 1865.

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War, Richmond:

Several officers of rank have recently reported to me far assignment to commands by your orders. I can give none, having now only a small body of troops with officers enough for a very large one. I respectfully ask that none be sent except on my application. Consolidation will throw out many general officers.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, March 31, 1865.

Governor Z. B. VANCE,

Raleigh, N. C.:

The object of continuing the change of gauge to Danville is to receive the assistance of the wide-gauge rolling-stock now south of Salisbury for the Danville, South Side, and Virginia and Tennessee railroads, on which General Lee's army is so dependent, and to secure the use of the trains of the latter roads, in case of disaster, for the roads farther south, which are all of the same gauge with them. The losses of widegauge stock have been so serious in the last few months that all now remaining should be capable of transfer promptly to whatever sectin of the country the movements of our army may require. I consider this matter of very great importance, and hope to hear from you with regard to it.

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 31, 1865.

General R. E. LEE:

Brigadier General Bradley T. Johnson reports that Stoneman, with cavalry is moving on railroad. General Beauregard is to protect it with troops coming from West.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 31, 1865.

General BEAUREGARD,

Raleigh:

Major Stringfellow, at Greensborough, telegraphs that Colonel Hoke now reports the raiding party of be tory. Telegraph to Brigadier-General Martin on the subject.

J. E. JOHNSTON.