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ouse, and crossed Thompson's Creek, above that point, late in the afternoon. I am evacuating Cheraw, and shall move to Rockingham, where I hope to receive your instructions. General Butler thinks army of Sherman is moving on this place, or on RockiRockingham. On the next day (4th), from Rockingham, he telegraphed General Johnston as follows: The enemy pressed us closely yesterday morning, on leaving Cheraw, and it was with great difficulty that the bridge over the river was destroyed. It w His despatch contradicting this report was not received until yesterday, when my troops and trains were moving on the Rockingham road, and I had ordered the destruction of all bridges on the Fayetteville road. Sherman, I think, will march to Fayetons, in Appendix. made a great mistake in not adhering to them, as he himself must have seen, before his forces reached Rockingham. Much time and many supplies would have been saved had he adopted the course marked out for him. General Beauregard, i
all in your power to check your adversary's advance at all favorable positions. A line of couriers has been established hence to Fayetteville, via Cheraw or Rockingham, as the movements of the enemy shall make necessary. Please keep General Bragg (who is still near Wilmington) and myself advised of your movements, and of thlotte, N. C., March 6th, 1865. Lieut.-Genl. W. J. Hardee, Rockingham, via Troy: General,—I have just received a copy of your telegram of the 4th inst., from Rockingham to General Johnston, who is on his way to Fayetteville. You should have followed the instructions contained in my letter of the 26th ult. (acknowledged by Colth, 1865. Genl. Jos. E. Johnston, Fayetteville, N. C.: To save time I have sent following despatch from here and Greensboroa to General Hardee, on road from Rockingham: March at once on Fayetteville, if possible; if not, then on Raleigh. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. Raleigh, N. C., March 11th, 1865. To Genl. G. T.