the advance of the enemy in North Carolina. I do not apprehend any immediate move against Wilmington, but the enemy may attempt to break up our line of railroad.
APRIL 25, 1863.
Respectfully submitted to the President for information.
General Beauregard is returning the troops sent from North Carolina. In presence of General Hill's force I do not apprehend any serious movement of the enemy toward our railroad. They will probably be content to hold their fortified places.
J. A. SEDDON,
APRIL 30, 1863.
Respectfully returned by the President to the honorable Secretary of War.
G. W. C. LEE,
Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.
NEAR SUFFOLK, VA., April 22, 1863.
(Received at Richmond, Va., April 23, 1863.)
SECRETARY OF WAR:
Dispatches from Generals Hill and Writing report the expedition against Charleston abandoned by the enemy and that the army and the fleet have arrived at Beaufort, N. C. May I ask that General Beauregard be ordered to return to North Carolina the troops that came from there last winter? Please acknowledge receipt of this.
HEADQUARTERS FRENCH'S DIVISION,
April 22, 1863.
Major General MOXLEY SORREL,
Adjutant-General, Dept. of North Carolina and Virginia:
MAJOR: In accordance with instructions from the lieutenant-general commanding a detachment from one of the companies of the Fifty-fifth North Carolina Troops was sent last night to do picket duty near Hill's Point. It is respectfully suggested that these men be relieved, inasmuch at they went off hurriedly late at night and took no rations.
I am, major, very respectfully, &c.,
S. G. FRENCH,
HEADQUARTERS, April 22, 1863.
Major General S. G. FRENCH, Commanding, &c.:
GENERAL: I have notified General Hood of the detachment of the Fifty-fifth North Carolina Troops doing duty on the river and asked him to relieve it.
Very respectfully, yours,
G. MOXLEY SORREL,