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[644] till to-day. Wheeler reports force this evening two miles west Youngville. All quiet here.

Wade Hampton, Lieut.-Genl.


On my arrival I find my forces driven from west side Cape Fear, and the railroad in possession of the enemy. Have notified General Hardee. Two corps, Schofield and Terry, are opposing Hoke's division.


Chester, Feb. 22d, 1865.
Genl. Beauregard:
Enemy are evidently moving eastward. The 14th Corps is on the railroad. Sherman has moved to his right. Kilpatrick is also here. Butler reports enemy moving towards Catawba River. I think they intend to cross low down, or to move towards Camden. Scouts report them leaving Broad River and moving east.

Wade Hampton, Lieut.-Genl.


Cheraw, Feb. 22d, 1865.
General Hardee, after receiving General Beauregard's orders, ordering the movement to be made by rail to Greensboroa, communicated immediately with General Bragg, who informed him that he had been compelled to withdraw to the east side of the Cape Fear River, thereby leaving the railroad unprotected, and advised General Hardee that the route by Wilmington was impracticable. General Hardee has returned to the original plan of leaving the railroad at Cheraw, and thence by overland to Greensboroa, N. C. The first troops will arrive at Cheraw to-night, and, the wagons coming through by common road, it will be five or six days before the head of the column will probably leave this point. The distance to Greensboroa from this point is one hundred and thirty-one miles, and a good route can be had on east side of Yadkin River, and through a country that is represented to be sufficiently productive to furnish forage and commissary stores for the command. The Yadkin is crossed on bridge at this point, and there will be no ferrying on the route. The left flank of the column will be protected by the Yadkin River, which at this season is said to be beyond fording.

Immediate steps will be taken to establish communications with General Beauregard by Charlotte.

Headquarters, armies C. S., Feb. 22d, 1865.

Special order no. 3:

General J. E. Johnston, C. S. A., is hereby assigned to the command of the two military departments known as the ‘Department of Tennessee and Georgia,’ and the ‘Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida,’ and the troops therein. He will proceed at once to effect a concentration of all available forces and make the necessary dispositions to thwart the designs of the enemy operating in those Departments.

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