plan, and the only one that I can see, viz: Have three brigades, with one Whitworth, down on the south side of the Neuse; one of Whiting's brigades and one Whitworth up to join you near New Berne, and one brigade down on the north side of the Neuse, with the Whitworth that I have here. If we can drop a ball into the fort every minute from these directions the troops may become frightened and surrender. If the matter is practicable, I will either join you myself or, remaining here, will make a strong diversion against Suffolk. I shall start for the Blackwater on the day after to-morrow and expect to be absent six days. If you wish to telegraph me, do so at Franklin; that is, if you wish to do so in the next four days.
I remain, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
N. B. - This must not go beyond yourself.
HDQRS. FORCES NEAR DREWRY'S BLUFF, VA.,
March 15, 1863.
Major T. O. CHESTNEY,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Richmond, Va.:
MAJOR: In compliance with orders received from Major-General Elzey's headquarters, I respectfully submit to you the following tabular report of my command, viz:
Major B. H. Gee, commanding Fifty-ninth Georgia Infantry Regiment; Captain W. A. Graham,* commanding Second Squadron, Second North Carolina Cavalry.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
SWIFT CREEK, March 15,  - 9 p. m.
General D. H. HILL:
A scout from Street's Ferry, sent down for the purpose, reports that there is no doubt of the landing of a large force, and from the noise he thinks they are fixing a pontoon over the Neuse to bring their infantry over. Captain Whitford is convinced that we shall have it to-morrow. It seems so to me. Send me a regiment of cavalry immediately and come yourself. My danger is on my right flank and rear; by marching from Greenville you can protect both. Bring your provisions and ammunition. Send them soon, directly to Kinston. I have no couriers.
J. J. PETTIGREW,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
March 16, 1863.
Lieutenant General JAMES LONGSTREET,
Commanding, & c., Petersburg, Va.:
GENERAL: As far as can be ascertained from my own observation, from the reports from our scouts on the opposite side of the Rappahannock, and from what the citizens say, I am led to believe that none of
* Since ordered to Petersburg.