the one that comes by Black Jack Church and into the Washington road at Taft's. From the upper road the captain reports that he saw Whitford, who was near the enemy as late as 2 o'clock in the morning. They were then is possession of Swift Creek and were cutting and working a good deal. Whitford represent this force at 4,000. Should they advance I will make the main fight 3 miles from town, the best position this side of the Swift Creek road, but still much in favor of the enemy. General Pettigrew is at Adams' Bridge. I will endeavor to keep you advised.
Very respectfully, &c.,
Greenville, N. C., April 21, 1863-5.30 p. m.
Brigadier General J. J. PETTIGREW, Commanding, &c.;
GENERAL: There will be no necessity of your marching here to-night. I have not yet heard from the force I sent in the direction of Washington, or I should have heard from them. My information from Swift Creek is that they still occupy it and are at work upon something. It regard to attacking them I do not see how we can do so unless we attack the force at Swift Creek, or those at Washington should come out again.
I will write you again when I get reports from below.
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, April 22, 1863.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Charleston, S. C.:
General Hill telegraphs that New Berne has been strongly re-enforced from Charleston; that heavy force is marching on Kinston, and that he needs help. General Writing confirms the transfer of troops and gunboats to New Berne. Render all the aid you safely can.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
CHARLESTON, April 22, 1863.
Major General D. H. HILL, Goldsborough:
Send you Cook' brigade, although much needed, enemy being still in force at Port Royal and North Edisto; his six monitors in latter bay.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
[Same to Brigadier-General Whiting.]
CHARLESTON, S. C., April 22, 1863.
Brigadier General W. H. C. WHITING, Wilmington, N. C.:
Evans returns immediately to Wilmington. Soon as enemy's fleet shall leave Port Royal and North Edisto will you another brigade besides Cooke's.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.