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MASONBOROUGH, December 24, 1864.

Major HILL:

All quiet. Fourteen vessels in sight this morning.

T. J. LIPSCOMB,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

December 25, 1864 - 12 m.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

A dispatch from General Bragg, dated 10 p. m. yesterday, states that the bombardment of Fort Fisher was kept up by some fifty vessels, including two monitors, until after sunset, when the ships withdrew. Our casualties were twenty-three wounded, including two officers. Damage to work and armament slight.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS,

December 25, 1864 - 8.30 p. m. (Received 9.30.)

Honorable J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

General Bragg reports the enemy made a landing on sea-beach, three miles north of Fort Fisher, about 2 p. m. to-day, and were still landing at 5.30 p. m. General Kirkland's the only troops arrived, except 400 of Hagood's. Transportation on railroad inconceivably slow. Hoke could carry but thirty rounds of ammunition, and Bragg says he has only ten additional. I had understood there was plenty of ammunition at Raleigh; have requested Gorgas to furnish supply. At same rate of travel on railroad, it will be impossible to re-enforce if necessary.

R. E. LEE.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA,

No. 15.

Wilmington, December 25, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel Archer Anderson, assistant adjutant-general, is announced as chief of the adjutant-general's department at these headquarters.

By order of General Bragg:

FRANCIS S. PARKER,

Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, December [25], 1864 - 8 a. m.

General HOLMES:

General Bragg desires you to take care of the expedition on Swansborough, reported by Scout Dickinson, with your home guards.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.