War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1316 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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SUGAR LOAF, December 26, 1864 - 10 a. m.

General HOLMES:

General Bragg desires small guard at line near Wilmington, with a surgeon, to arrest and examine pretended sick men straggling to rear. Send back all fit for duty.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, December 26, 1864 - 10.30 a. m.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES,

Wilmington, N. C.:

Everything quiet. No reason for any excitement.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, December 26, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES,

Wilmington, N. C.:

Garrison Fort Gatlin abandoned it without cause. We have reoccupied it. Place every man of it reaching Wilmington in close confinement.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DECEMBER 26, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.

General HOLMES:

Please give any information as to progress by rail of Hoke's troops.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, December 26, 1864 - 12 m.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES,

Wilmington, N. C.:

Send all troops to Gander Hall by boat.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, December 26, 1864 - 3.20 p. m.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES,

Wilmington, N. C.:

We have opened communication with Fort Fisher by road on left bank. No enemy between us. Everything in good condition and no cause for alarm or excitement.

BRAXTON BRAGG.