RALEIGH, N. C., March 31, 1865-3 p. m.
(Care of Brigadier Bradley T. Johnson, Salisbury, N. C.)
Be careful enemy do not destroy railroad bridge across the Yadkin. Protect it with field-works. One or two batteries have been ordered to you.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
RALEIGH, N. C., March 31, 1865-1. 15 p. m.
Major J. C. HOLMES,
Commanding Post, Greensborough, N. C.:
Stop at Greensborough, for defense of that place and railroad against Stoneman's raiders, all troops passing there.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
Richmond, March 31, 1865.
Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,
Secretary of War:
SIR: I have the honor to report since my last, setting forth the success of our torpedoes in the destruction of the U. S. mail steamer Narcissa, in Mobile Harbor; that of the Patapsco, iron-clad, in Charleston Harbor, and of six vessels of the enemy in ascending the Roanoke River, N. C., that our torpedoes have destroyed in Cape Fear River, just below Fort Anderson, U. S. transport steamer Thorn on 4th instant. The vessel sunk, as usual in such cases, in two minutes, but in this the crew escaped, but barely with their lives. Also the destruction of Dahlgren's flag-ship Harvest Moon by a torpedo, near Gergetown, S. C., on the Pedee River. This torpedo was left there before our troops evacuated.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. J. RAINS,
Brigadier-General and Superintendent.
HEADQUARTERS, Numbers 16.
Near Smithfield, N. C., March 31, 1865.
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VII. Colonel M. H. Cofer, Sixth Kentucky Regiment is announced as provost-marshal-general of the army. He will report for instructions to Colonel E. J. Harvie, inspector-general.
By command of General Johnston:
March 31, 1865.
[General J. E. JOHNSTON:]
MY DEAR GENERAL: I have been and am laboring most earnetly to detect and punish the rascals who are committing outrages in the country. I hope my efforts have checked their offenses in some measure, and I promise you to do all in my power to check them altogether.