Thursday, April 20, 1865

Raleigh, North Carolina

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 20, 1865.
General J. E. JOHNSTON, Greensborough:
GENERAL: At your request I send you by Major Saunders several written and printed copies of an order I have made to this army, which announces the cessation of hostilities, &c. I dispatched a steamer from Morehead City yesterday for Charleston, with orders to General Gillmore to cease all acts of destruction, public or private, and to draw Generals Htch and Potter back of the Santee. Also, by 11,30 a.m. yesterday Major Hitchcock was on a fleet steamer at Morehead City, carrying a request to General Meade to check the movements of his army on Danville and Weldon, so that I hope your people will be spared in the Carolinas, but I am apprehensive of Wilson, who is impetuous and rapid. If you will send by telegraph and courier a single word, he will stop, and then the inclosed order will place his command at point convenient to our supplies. I send you a late paper, showing that in Virginia the State authorities are acknowledged, and invited to resume their lawful functions.
Yours, with respect,
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 20, 1865.
Dr. W. J. HAWKINS, President Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, Ridgeway:
SIR: Our roads is now in good working order to Wilmington and Morehead city. My construction party is now unemployed and can repair the Cedar Creek bridge very quick. I will send a train down tomorrow to the bridge. If you will meet Colonel Wright there he will agree with you as to repairs, &c. I have no objection to the restoration to your road and its use, but for a few days would like to borrow or rent of you some locomotives and cars. Any arrangement made with colonel Wright will be respected by me, and I think I am safe in the assurance that General Johnston will approve any bargain we may make.
Yours, truly,
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 20, 1865.
Colonel W. W. WRIGHT, Superintendent, &c.:
COLONEL: The general directs that I inform you officially that he has sent a communication to the president of the Gaston railroad to the effect that you will start out to-morrow morning to look at the road, &c. He has asked Doctor Hawkins to meet you at the Cedar Creek bridge, and that he will aggrange with you about building the bridge, loaning trains, &c., anything you may agree on being satisfactory.
I am, colonel, with respect,
L. M. DAYTON, Assistant Adjutant-General

Kilpatrick Reports:

DURHAM’S, April 20, 1865.
Numbers of Hampton’s and Wheeler’s cavalry deserters are coming into my lines. They wish to retain their horses and be paroled. What can be done in such cases? I believe Wheeler and Hampton would lose half their cavalry if his was done and could be made known to them.
J. KISPATRICK, Brevet Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 20, 1865.
General J. KISPATRICK, Commanding Cavalry:
GENERAL: You may allow those men to keep their horses if they will go to their homes with them, but be sure and get their arms. Do not encourage their coming, though, just now.
L. M. DAYTON, Assistant Adjutant-General

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