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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Lancaster, March 1, 18654.35jp. rn. MAJOR: I find that most of the enemy left here yesterday. A party of about 200 came back this morning and left this afternoon. I think the object of the cavalry leaving here was to procure forage and protect the left flank of the army moving easterly. I think Kilpatrick is camped to-day about six miles from here, where he is throwing up breast-works. The Fourteenth Corps only left the [river] this morn- ing. We captured a few of their foragers, who were in advance. The opinion of citizens who conversed with officers is that the e~nemy will leave Charlotte to the left. There is a talk among the officers that they are going to Goldsborongh. I have sent parties on the different roads to pick up stragglers, & c. I will camp near Nelsons to-night, on the Wadesborough road. It may be necessary for me to go on to Taylors for forage. I will inform [you as] soon as I go into camp. Respectfully, major, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Maj. H. B. MCCLELLAN, Major-General. Assistant Adjutant- General. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, March 2, 18657.05 a. m. MAJOR: Prisoners captured late yesterday evening, abont six miles east of Lancaster, state they were near Kilpatricks whole camp when taken. He moved about five miles day before yesterday and one mile yesterday. Respectfully, major, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Maj. H. B. MCCLELLAN, Major-General. Assistant Adjutant- General. P. 5.I move at once toward Wilsons Store. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, March 2, 186510.20 p. m. MAJOR: Lieutenant Smith and scout have just come in. He says that he followed the enemy about twelve miles toward Chesterfield. The prisoners captured say they were on the march to that place. I will march early in the morning and join you on the road to Cheraw. General Law went into camp about six miles from here. In pur- suance to instructions I had ordered him to this place, but upon learn- ing that he had forage and was in camp I countermanded the order, but have ordered him to move on early in the morning. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. Maj. H. B. MCCLELLAN, Assistant Adjutant- General.
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