Sunday, April 9, 1865

Goldsboro, North Carolina

The army is making final preparations for our march to Raleigh and Joe Johnston’s Army.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 9, 1865

Major-General SLOCUM, Commanding Left Wing, Army of Georgia:
GENERAL: I send your report, with inclosures, to Washington today. I have read carefully yours, Davis’, and Williams’, and regret I have not time to critically examine all of the reports of your division and brigade commanders. I do not find a specific list of names recommended for brevet or promotion. You ought to make a fair selection, for it is impracticable that I should do this from the record, nor can General Halleck or the Secretary of War. I will cheerfully indorse any specific recommendations you may make, and they had better be made now, as we may not have another chance soon. In order that you may be satisfied I extract from my letter of today to General Halleck, and authorize you to communicate the same to the parties interested. Some of your colonels deserve promotion, say Selfridge, and others. Please give me their names and credentials today if possible.
Yours, truly,
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

Everyone needs more horses. Slocum Forward this from General Davis:

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Goldsborough, N. C., April 9, 1865.
Major DECHERT, Chief of Staff:
MAJOR: The difficulty of getting artillery horses is very great in this army, certainly in my corps. Now passing my headquarters are many ambulances of the Nineteenth and Twenty-third Corps drawn by excellent artillery horses. Cannot some arrangement be made to get them? All my ambulances are drawn by mules. Please lay this communication before the general commanding for his information.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JEF. C. DAVIS, Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 9, 1865
It is now too late to disturb this matter. General Schofield has been looking for two weeks to get horses and has failed. He, too will need horses for his artillery.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

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