truce, and enemy will not advance. Leave a guard at Company's Shops. Report what cavalry of ours you find near Hillsborough. If you know General Wheeler's whereabouts communicate to him that General Johnston directs he take a brigade also to Butler's position below Hillsborough. Acknowledge receipt of this and General Orders, Numbers 18.
Report immediately, if you can ascertain, what Confederate cavalry still remains about Hillsborough.
CHESTER, April 27, 1865.
Forward following dispatch by courier to General Breckinridge:
Honorable J. C. BRECKINRDIGE,
Some time ago I notified General Johnston not to include me in any surrender. You gave me orders to move on 25th. On return I find army surrender. I think I am free. What is your decision? Answer here and Greensborough.
WILLIAM P. JOHNSTON.
GREENSBOROUGH, N. C., April 27, 1865-11 p. m.
General JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE:
You gave me orers on the 25th to move. On my return on 26th I found military convention. I think I am free from its terms by your previous order. Have notified General Johnston that I will abide by your decision. Am ready to move as ordered. Answer here or Lexington.
April 27, 1865.
General J. E. JOHNSTON,
GENERAL: On the 25th instant, by order of the honorable Secretary of War, I was charged with a duty which transferred me to another field of service. Returning with this order on the 26th to report to you, I found that a convention had been entered into between Major-General Sherman and yourself. In this condition of affairs I beg most respectfully to submit the case to the Secretary of War for his decision. Should he determine that his order of the 25th instant is still in force, I cannot avail myself of the terms of the covention entered into; but if he considers me as still on duty here, I shall of course consider myself as embraced in the terms of this convention. His decision shall be forwarded to you as soon as received.
I am, very respectfully,