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me that if many troops cross it will become impassable. The force at Dismal Cross-Roads being still there this morning, I have been forced to keep a strong picket on the road leading in that direction. Respectfully, major, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. Maj. H. B. MCCLELLAN, Assistant Adjutant- General. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Smithfield and Clinton Road, March 19, 18653.30 p. m. MAJOR: A prisoner just brought in, belonging to Kilpatricks cavalry, reports that his command moved from Dismal Cross-Roads this morn- ing in direction of the Widow Peacocks honse, on the Clinton road, which is south from Dismal Cross-Roads. When he was captured lie supposed the head of the column had reached Widow Peacocks house. Respectfully, major, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. Maj. H. B. MCCLELLAN, Assistant Adjutant- General. N. B.At Widow Peacocks house the enemy could turn off and go in direction of Bentonville or Goldsborough. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Near Plowers House, March 20, 186511.05 a. m. GENERAL: I have formed a dismounted line here very near Flowers house, and can hold the enemy in check till we are flanked out of it. The line is a very short one, however. I have sent General Law back to Bentonville, with instructions to scout all roads running eastwardly from that point. Respectfully, general, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. General J. E. JOHNSTON. N. B.Enemy are engaging us very warmly. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, March 23, 18652.40 p. m. GENERAL: I have moved to within one mile and a half of Moccasin Creek, and have sent out scouts [to watch] the movements of the enemy, some of which have gone to the north and northeast of Goldsborough to ascertain if the enemy are moving in those directions. Colonel Ashby is on Moccasin Creek with his command. I shall remain at this point till I get further information. Respectfully, general, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. General J. E. JOHNSTON.
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