sioned officers should be now included, except the field officer of highest grade and captain or senior officer of each district. When the companies are formed the colonels will immediately report the fact to this office by letter, inclosing roll of company and the probable number and kind of arms in the regiment.
2nd. Companies, when thus formed, will assemble each Saturday for drill and inspection, at a place to be designated by the captain, who will report to this office each week the condition of the company, which will always be held in readiness for active duty at the shortest notice.
3rd. This organization and drill is for the purpose of being prepared to repel an expected advance of the enemy, and will remain in force until further orders from the Governor. The utmost promptness is expected in the execution of this order, and ten days from its reception is deemed sufficient to complete the organization herein directed.
By order of Governor Vance:
J. G. MARTIN,
WILMINGTON, [N. C.], January 12, 1863.
Colonel [WILLIAM] LAMB, Fort Fisher:
Lieutenant-Colonel GWATHMEY, Fort Caswell:
From information received here it is probable the enemy will move to attack this place, both by land and sea, on Wednesday. Have everything ready to receive them.
B. W. FROBEL,
Chief of Artillery.
WILMINGTON, N. C., January 13, 1863,
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Charleston, S. C.:
General Gist has asked for six wagons to a regiment. Can they not be sent me at once?
Five of the enemy's steamers are engaging Fort Caswell. Fort replying slowly. No other fleet off.
W. H. C. WHITING.
CHARLESTON, S. C., January 13, 1863.
Brigadier-General WHITING, Wilmington, N. C.:
Do not think Abolitionists will make much if any attack without iron-clads. Latter are not much to be feared at present on account of condition. I send maps to-day.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
WILMINGTON, N. C., January 13, 1863
Firing has just ceased.
W. H. C. WHITING.