first day. They fell back to Goldsboroa by General Bragg
While General Sherman
was moving from Columbia
, General Beauregard
instructed Lieutenant-General Hardee
to direct his march toward Greensboroa.
As soon as it was ascertained that the Federal
army was moving upon Fayetteville
, orders were sent to Lieutenant-General Hardee
to turn directly to that place; but they were not delivered.
Acting under his first instructions, therefore, after crossing the Pedee
on the 3d, that officer moved toward Greensboroa as far as Rockingham
, which his troops reached on the 4th.
The instructions to turn toward Fayetteville
, repeated, reached him there, and were immediately observed.
He also transmitted similar instructions to Lieutenant-General Hampton
That officer had been compelled, by the swollen condition of the Pedee
, to diverge with Wheeler
's cavalry, far to the left of his direct route, to the fords near and above the grassy islands, and was unable to complete the passage of the river before the afternoon of the 7th.
The Federal army had crossed it two days before — the right at Cheraw
, and the left at Sneedsboroa — and was continuing the march to Fayetteville
in its former order.
's division of cavalry was apparently on the left of the army.
On the 8th Lieutenant-General Hampton
united his two divisions; and, having discovered and reconnoitred General Kilpatrick
's camp in the night of the 9th, he surprised him at daybreak on the 10th, drove the troops into a neighboring swamp, and held possession of their artillery and wagons for