War of the Rebellion: Serial 026 Page 0826 NORTH CAROLINA AND S E. VIRGINIA. Chapter XXX.

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SIR: I have the honor to inclose you a copy of a letter recently received from Major General J. G. Foster, U. S. Army; also a copy of a letter from Edward Stanly addressed to General Foster, and a copy of my reply to him.* As I may expect an answer from General Foster I should be pleased to know in advance if these negroes will be returned to their owners provided this Government will return those they have abducted. I have received several letters and have written him several touching the outrages that have been committed by his troops.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. G. FRENCH,

Major-General, Commanding.

I hope my letter will meet your approval.

ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Richmond, Va., January 8, 1863

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Charleston, S. C.,:

Throw into Wilmington the number sent before, say as we suppose, 5,000 men in all. Beyond that exercise your own judgment in contingencies. The Secretary has telegraphed to urge the additional transportation you desired in your late dispatch.

S. COOPER

Adjutant and Inspector General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., January 8, 1863.

Brigadier General W. H. C. WHITING,

Wilmington, N. C.:

I will send you same amount of troops as before. First regiment will leave to-morrow morning; then rapidly as possible.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, S. C., January 8, 1863

Brigadier General W. H. C. WHITING,

Wilmington, N. C.:

I will send you same amount of troops as before. First regiment will leave to-morrow morning; then rapidly as possible.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, S. C., January 8, 1863

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

Will send same number of troops to Wilmington as supposed by Department. First regiments will leave to-morrow morning; others rapidly as possible.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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*See Foster to French, December 31, 1862, p. 497, and French's reply of January 6, 1863, p. 505.

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