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NEAR KINSTON, Mictrch 10, 18653.45 p. m. The enemy is strongly intrenched in the position to which we drove him. Yesterday and to-day we have moved on his flanks, but without gaining any decided advantage. his line is extensive, and prisoners report large re-enforcements. Under these conditions I deem it best, with the information you give, to join you, which I shall proceed to do, unless otherwise directed. BRAXTON BRAGG. General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh. NEAR KINSTON, March 10, 18655 p. m. My cavalry is retreating before a heavy column of the enemy now in Onslow Connty, moving from Wilmington on my right and rear. Deserters from Wilmington confirm this report. BRAXTON BRAGG. General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh. NEAR KINSTON, March 10, 18656 p. m. There is no doubt about the movement of a heavy column from Wil- mington in this direction. Will you have any means of delaying Slier- man so as to enable me to save supplies, or must the junction be imme- diate? BRAXTON BRAGG. General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh. GOLDSBOROUGH, March 13, 186510.30 a. m. Yonr dispatch received. My troops are all here and ready, except rear guard at Kinston. The enemy had not appeared there last night. BRAXTON BRAGG. General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh. NEAR SMITHFIELD, March 14, 18652.15 p.m. I encamp at Smithfield to-night. Tennessee troops are all up. My own will be up to-morrow. The enemy had not advanced on Kinston last night. BRAXTON BRAGG. General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh. SMITHFIELD, March 15, 18658.30 a. m. Enemy reported last night as having crossed at Kinston in small force. Your dispatch received placing me in command here. BRAXTON BRAGG, General. General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh.
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