e Fifteenth Missouri, two pieces of the flying artillery, under Captain Elbert, and two companies of the Benton hussars, under Major Heinricks, I ordered to advance on the Sugar Creek road toward Bentonville, to demonstrate against the rear of the enemy.
Two pieces of the Second Ohio battery, with six companies of the Second Missouri, remained in their position to guard the camp, and two companies of the Forty-fourth Illinois, with twenty men of the Thirty-sixth Illinois cavalry, under Captain Russell, were sent forward in a north-western direction, to remain there as a picket between Leesville and the Sugar Creek road.
With all other troops — the Fifteenth Missouri, the Twenty-fourth and Forty-fourth Illinois, and two pieces Captain Woelfley's battery — I marched to Leesville to reenforce Cols. Davis and Osterhaus.
My intention was to throw back the enemy from Leesville into the mountains and toward Bentonville, and then by a change of direction to the right to assist Gen. Asboth
Laura, Ferklenberg, Charleston, cotton and lumber.
Carrie Sandford, Haggett, St. John's, Fla., naval stores.
March17.Sloop Coquette, Moore, Charleston, cotton.
Argyle, Davis, Charleston, cotton and naval stores.
Victoria, Fowler, St. John's, Fla., naval stores.
Annie Deans, Morse, Fernandina, Fla., naval stores.
March27.Steamship Nashville, Gooding, Georgetown, S. C., ballast.
Pride, Davis, Georgetown, S. C., cotton.
April5.Steamship Economist, Burdge, Charleston, cotton.
Rutherford, Green, Charleston, cotton.
Sarah, Russell, Charleston, cotton.
Acorn, Habenicht, Charleston, cotton.
Louisa, Tolle, Charleston, cotton.
Chase, Habenicht, Charleston cotton.
Elizabeth, Rumley, Charleston, cotton.
April10.Steamship Cecile, Carling, Charleston, cotton.
Total fifty-eight, of which thirty-five since first of January.