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Page 1130 Chapter LIX] OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, March 23, 18655.10 p. m. GENERAL: Captain Shannon has just sent in some twenty-five prison- ers. Some belonging to the Seventeenth Corps state that they were marchingfrom Coxs Bridge this morningtoward Goldsborough, and that the understanding was they would stay in Goldsborough one month. One of the prisoners belongs to Terrys Twenty-fourth Corps. He states that General Terry is commanding his own and the Twenty-fifth Corps. He also says General Sheridan was at General Shermans headquarters this morning, and would have his cavalry command in three days. Respectfully, general, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER. General J. E. JOHNSTON. N. B.Prisoners say that they understood that Sheridan would advance with the cavalry at once. SYNOPSIS FROM MARCH 1 TO APRIL 15, 1865. March 1, fought the enemy at Wilsons Store. March 4, struck the enemys flank at Horusborough; had a warm fight and captured fifty prisoners. March 7, with twenty men of Shannons scouts I attacked and killed or captured thirty-five of the enemy near Rockiugham, N. C. March 8, we completed the crossing of the Pedee, and pursuant to orders moved by way of the plank road toward Fayetteville. March 9. On the night of the 9th came upon Kilpatricks camps, which I recon- noitered with General Hampton, and at daylight (March 10), pursuant to orders,I took command of my own and Butlers cavalry and charged into the enemys camps, and after a severe fight of some two hours secured some 350 prisoners. At one time we had the enemys artillery and wagons in our possession; the wagons were cut down and the mules driven off. Though we were finally compelled to withdraw, the attack was a decided success upon our part. In withdrawing I remained with Dibrells brigade to cover the movement. Among my wounded were Generals Humes, commanding division, ilannon and Hagan, commanding brigades, besides every field officer in flagans brigade. Generals Allen aiid Ashby had horses shot under them. March 11, we skirmished heavily with the enemy at Fayetteville; crossed Cape Fear River and burned the bridge; General Anderson wounded. March 13. On the 13th the enemy advanced and skirmished heavily some eight or ten miles from Fayetteville. March 14. On the 14th we moved up the river road, skirmishing with the enemy sev- eral times during the day. March 15, crossed Black River, skirmish- ing slightly near Smiths Mill. March 16, hearing General Hardee warmly engaging the enemy about four miles south of Averasborough, I, by permission of General Hampton, hastened to his assistance. On reaching the ground I found the enemy warmly attacking and moving a column around his right flank. This I met and held in check until night, when General Hardee withdrew his troops, leaving me to cover his retreat. March 17, at daylight the enemy commenced advancing and pushed me through Averasborough, and then turned toward Goldsborongh; skirmishing during the greater part of the day. March 18. On the 18th, by a rapid march, I reached Bentonville, and, pur- suant to orders, moved out and occupied a position on the right of the army, where I fought the enemy during the engagement of the 19th, capturing about forty prisoners. I was prevented from engaging the

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