army, joined by citizens, but not before the naval officer in command had transferred all that he could control to the military hospital department.
I was equally unsuccessful in an application to the Government
for money for the troops, who had received none for many months.
The course of the march of the Federal
army from Winnsboroa
indicated that it would cross the Cape Fear
, and be joined there by General Schofield
, with his forces, believed by us to be at Wilmington
It was a question, on the 1st of March, whether the troops of the department, coming from Charleston
, or the Federal
army, would reach Cheraw
The latter, however, was more retarded than the Confederate
troops, by the streams, then much swollen by recent heavy rains; for the course of its march crossed the larger streams, while that of the Confederates
was parallel to them.
Thus General Hardee
crossed the Pedee
, at Cheraw
, on the morning of the 3d, with all the military stores he had the means of transporting-having assembled his forces there on the 2d.
His rear-guard was so closely pressed by the leading Federal troops, that it had barely time to destroy the bridge after passing over it. In the march from Winnsboroa
, the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps, which formed General Sherman
's right wing, crossed the Catawba
at Peay's Ferry; the left wing, consisting of the Fourteenth and Twentieth Corps, after destroying the railroad-track as far as Blackstock, crossed the river at Rocky Mount
; the Seventeenth Corps crossed Lynch's Creek
by Young's Bridge; the Fifteenth, moving farther to their right, sent detachments to Camden