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Tuesday, March 21.Left the station this morning for the army, which we reached about 2 p. in., and found it skirmishing sharply with the enemy. Just after we reached General Johnstons quarters the Sev- enteenth Army Corps endeavored to get in on our left, but were hand- somely driven from the field by our cavalry and infantry. Wednesday, March 22.This morning the army fell back a short dis- tance, just this side of Mill Creek, and formed line again. The enemy followed to the bridge, which they succeeded in capturing, but came no farther. We remained in this position until the afternoon, when the entire army withdrew and moved across the Neuse, not far from Smithfield. Thursday, illarch 23.Stationary; some of the army moving in the direction of Raleigh. Sherman, after his failure, is supposed to have gone off toward Goldsborough. Friday, March 24.Moved this morning from our bivouac through Smithfield and about four miles north of SmLithfield Station, on the ilali. fax road. April 1.Doctor Bowers left us. April 4.Captain Clark retnrned. Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9.Employed in consolidating regiments, companies, & c. Monday, April 10.Left bivouac about 1 p. in., but did not get fairly on the road until 6 p. in., waiting on General Stewarts command. Marched till about 10 oclock at night and made six miles on the Louis. burg road. Tuesday, April 11.Moved at daylight and marched with our corps eighteen miles, to within three miles of Raleigh. Wednesday, April 12.Moved through Raleigh about 9 a. in., and marched some nine miles beyond; our quarters in the woods, near rail- road. Thursday, April 13.Marched on the Chapel Hill road, throagh that place, two miles beyond; quarters again in the woods. Friday, April 14.Moved at daylight and marched on the Greens- borough road some fourteen or fifteen miles; quarters at Mrs. Cronys, near Haw River. Saturday, April 15.Moved an hour before day, crossed the flaw and the Alainance Rivers; making a march of fifteen miles. Sunday, April 1G.Moved again early and marched some twelve miles on the New Salem road. Monday, April 17.Ordered to remain where we are until further orders. As the enemy are all around us, both above, below, and behind, the inevitable inference is that the army is to be surrendered. The army remained in a state of suspense and uncertainty until Wednes- day, April 19, when it was known that peace had been agreed upon between the North and South, or rather, that terms of a peace had been agreed upon between Generals Sherman and Johnston and sent to their respective Governments for ratification. Sunday, April 23.Moved camp nine miles in the direction of Greens- borough. Monday, April 24.Sherman notifies Johnston that President Andy Johnson refuses to ratify the proposition submitted to him; wont treat with us as a power, and that the truce will expire on the 26th instant at 11 a. in., when hostilities will again be resumed. Ordered to hold ourselves prepared to move promptly at that hour.
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