HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA,
Wilmington, November 18, 1864.
I. The territory in Department of North Carolina north of the Roanoke River is added to the district commanded by Brigadier General L. S. Baker.
Wilmington, November 20, 1864.
Commanding C. S. Naval Forces, North Carolina, Present:
FLAG OFFICER: I have received information from my picket-line that the enemy's troops sailed from Beaufort two days ago, the dispatch being dated the 19th instant. If this is reliable and the movement is intended for this place, they may be off here now, and prevented by the state of the weather yesterday and to-day from making the necessary observations for landing. If the weather had been clear for the past fifty-six hours, and it be true that their troops have sailed, I should conclude that, as they have not appeared, the movement is intended elsewhere. Be that as it may, a short time will suffice to decide the point, and in the meanwhile I beg that you will hold your force ready to co-operate in the defense as far as possible. I shall have to ask your aid, should it be necessary to place the rope and other obstructions on the rip. I will keep you informed.
W. H. C. WHITING,
RICHMOND, VA., November 21, 1864.
His Excellency Z. B. VANCE:
GOVERNOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 15th instant, relative to the defenses of Wilmington, and to inform you that proper attention shall be given to your suggestions, which the Secretary has been directed to communicate to General R. E. Lee.
Very respectfully and truly,
PETERSBURG, VA., November 21, 1864.
His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS:
Dispatch just received. Last train for to-day has departed. If nothing prevents will go up in the morning.
R. E. LEE.
November 21, 1864.
General R. E. Lee, Commanding:
GENERAL: Your telegram of yesterday is received, and orders have been given to Generals Hoke and Kershaw to be ready to re-enforce on the south side. If General Grant is issuing rations for twelve days, his