War of the Rebellion: Serial 026 Page 1058 NORTH CAROLINA AND S. E. VIRGINIA. Chapter XXX.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, May 12, 1863.

General W. H. C. WHITING, Wilmington, N. C.:

Let me know what force you have and what aid you can, in case of necessity, lend to Charleston.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

WILMINGTON, N. C., May 12, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War, Richmond:

I have Clingman's. On a pinch, can send three regiments of that, but General Hill should be notified. Arrangements should be made to transfer them back should point of attack be changed.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

MAY 12, 1863.

General BEAUREGARD, Charleston:

Anything threatening in your front? Secretary wants to know what I can spare you. Let me hear direct. Will do all in my power.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

MAY 12, 1863.

Major-General HILL, Goldsborough:

Secretary wants to know what I can do for Charleston in need. Can let three regiments go on a pinch, but told him you must be notified. Have you heard anything?

W. H. C. WHITING.

BURWELL'S BAY, May 13, 1863.

Major WILLIAM NORRIS, Chief Signal Corps:

SIR: Major-General Keyes, with one division of infantry and a brigade of cavalry, is at or near the White House, unless he has fallen or been driven back since Monday. The cavalry are from Stoneman's division. There are few troops at Suffolk, none at Newport News, and a very small garrison at Fortress Monroe. Blockading squadron consists of two iron-clads of the Monitor model-the Galena and Minnesota.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. CAUSEY,

Captain, C. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF RICHMOND,

May 13, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

SIR: In compliance with the wishes of the Secretary of War, I have