War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1308 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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FORT FISHER, December 25, 1864.

General HEBERT,

Smithville:

Send all the men you can to Battery Buchanan immediately. The enemy are attacking us by land.

WHITING,

General.

(Copy to General Bragg.)

SMITHVILLE, December 25, 1864 - 11.15 p. m.

(Received 11.30 p. m.)

Major PARKER,

General Bragg's Staff, Wilmington:

The following just received from steamer Clarendon, which left Fort Fisher about 9 p. m.:

General HEBERT:

We are in great straits. Enemy have landed, reported in force. Prisoners state we will be attacked to-night by three divisions. Send all the men you can raise by Clarendon to Confederate Point to re-enforce us, if possible with boats to land them.

W. H. C. WHITING.

I have ordered four companies, as before reported, but fear they will not reach there to-night. Raining, very dark, and strong southwest wind.

LOUIS HEBERT,

Brigadier-General.

FORT FISHER, December 25, 1864.

Captain HAWKS,

Engineer, Wilmington:

The general directs you report at once to General Kirkland at Sugar Loaf.

J. H. HILL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Confederate Point, Fort Fisher, N. C., December 25, 1864.

Captain HAWKS:

There is no ammunition to spare here. I am sending for more. Have the enemy got Craig's Landing? What is the state of things on your side? Tell General Kirkland or General Hoke if they can attack we will arrest those fellows between them and us.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

Captain HAWKS:

Six hundred troops are at Fort Anderson and will land at Sugar Loaf immediately.

E. A. KEITH.