During General Sherman's 1865 Carolinas campaign!
1 plus pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet. A.D.S., A.M. Van Dyke, A.A.G.
Head-Quarters Army of the Tennessee
In the field, Goldsboro, N.C., Apr. 9, 1865
Special Field Orders
II. The 15th Army Corps, Maj. Genl. Jno. A. Logan Comdg., will move at 5 o’clock A.M. tomorrow with three (3) Divisions by the road via Pikeville toward Whittlesey’s Mill, reaching a point within three or four miles of that place. One strong Division disencumbered of trains with all the available mounted men of the Corps will move to Nahunta and turn to the left toward Beulah making as much distance as possible. Unless orders to the contrary are received this column will rejoin the Corps the following day at or near Falk’s Bridge.
III. The 14th A.C., Maj. Genl. F.P. Blair, Comdg., will move at 7 o’clock A.M. tomorrow toward Whittlesey’s Mill by roads to the left of Pikeville Route. The mounted men of the Corps well advanced will as frequently as possible communicate with the 15th A.C.
IV. These Head Quarters and the Bridge train will move with the 17th Corps. One strong Regt. will be detailed by each Corps as a rear Guard.
By Order of Maj. Genl. O.O. Howard
A.M. Van Dyke
Asst. Adj. Genl.
[To] Lieut. Stickney
A.[rmy] of T.[ennessee]
Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Special Field Orders issued during General William T. Sherman's 1865 march through North Carolina! Rare.
Johnston's Surrender: 17 days after this document was written, General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his Confederate Army at the Bennett Place, west of the community of Durham, to General William T. Sherman.
"COMRADES, I earnestly exhort you to observe faithfully the terms of pacification agreed upon; and to discharge the obligations of good and peaceful citizens, as well as you have performed the duties of thorough soldiers in the field. By such a course, you will best secure the comfort of your families and kindred, and restore tranquillity to our country."
General Joseph E. Johnston
General Order No. 22
Pikeville, N.C.: During General Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign in 1865, Pikeville suffered the same fate of many southern towns. Union soldiers destroyed the hotel and tavern Nathan Pike had built, and many buildings and homes were damaged or destroyed. Some of General Sherman’s forces camped in areas east of Pikeville during this time.
Augustus M. Van Dyke, enlisted on June 7, 1861, as a 1st sergeant, and was mustered into Co. G, 14th Indiana Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, February 10, 1862; and 1st lieutenant, August 11, 1862. He was discharged for promotion on July 25, 1864, and was commissioned captain, and assistant adjutant general. He was mustered out of the Union Army on September 19, 1865.