War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1326 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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GANDER HALL, December 27, 1864 - 8 p. m.

Major-General WHITING,

Fort Fisher:

The Agnes E. Fry is aground four miles below Fort Campbell. The commanding general desires you to send the Cape Fear on her arrival to General Hebert, to be used in relieving the blockade runner. The Sampson will not be down.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GANDER HALL, December 27, 1864 - 9 p. m.

Major-General WHITING,

Fort Fisher:

Your note of 5.45 received. We shall be prepared to send General Hebert assistance as soon as he calls for it. The commanding general desires you to return the troops you drew to Fort Fisher to their proper posts as soon as practicable. I requested you in a note about two hours ago to send the Cape Fear on her arrival to General Hebert for use in assisting the Agnes Fry. General Hoke reports that part of the fleet sailed this evening toward Masonborough.

I am, general, very respectfully,

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Fort Fisher, December 27, 1864 - 9.45 p. m.

Colonel A. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I shall send the Cape Fear to General Hebert, but inform the general commanding that she cannot be sent to relieve the blockade-runner. The Fry is aground off Piney Point beyond the wreck of Georgiana McCaw. The Cape Fear would have to go out through enemy's fleet. All quiet. Fleet was well out by sundown. We see no lights to-night.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Fort Fisher, December 27, 1864 - 11.40 p. m.

Colonel A. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Sugar Loaf:

Dispatch of 9 p. m. received. Will attend. Movement of troops by Cape Fear will take time owing to the depth of water and distance from shores. She cannot aid the Fry. Can now and then see lights of fleet. If they attempt to land at Masonborough Inlet on the banks, the 32-pounder manned there at Berry's and the State Salt-Works, with a few guns of Paris' battery and the Whitworth, ought to keep them from crossing, and if he has a few good infantry supports they should be kept from mainland. Channel to come in boats across the sound is