War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1328 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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SMITHVILLE, December 27, 1864.

Colonel ANDERSON:

The blockade-runner Agnes Fry is aground about four miles below Campbell. Nothing new otherwise.

LOUIS HEBERT,

Brigadier-General.

SMITHVILLE, December 27, 1864.

General BRAGG:

Your dispatch about re-embarkation received and will be attended to. The firing this evening was at the steamer Fry aground.

LOUIS HEBERT,

Brigadier-General.

DECEMBER 27, 1864.

Colonel ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: From what General Colquitt tells me, I fear Clingman's brigade will not reach Wilmington until to-morrow, so I will keep Colquitt in readiness to send to Masonborough should it be necessary. A portion of the fleet went in that direction this evening, leaving about thirty vessels opposite Battery Anderson, and well out to sea. We should look to Masonborough. There has been some trouble about transporting the troops from Wilmington. Shall I, or will you, give directions about the boats? I have sent a party to fix the telegraph to Fort Fisher.

Respectfully, yours,

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

DECEMBER 27, 1864.

General HOKE:

Will you notify Colonel Lamb as to what point on the beach your pickets will reach in this direction, and also as to what means will be taken to inform him in case of an attempt to land or a landing.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

SUGAR LOAF, December 27, 1864 - 8 a. m.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES,

Wilmington, N. C.:

Take care of expedition on Swansborough, reported by Scout Dickinson, with home guards.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WILMINGTON, December 27, 1864 - 9 a. m.

General BRAGG:

Shall the five companies of the Thirty-sixth and Fortieth North Carolina troops be sent on their arrival to Sugar Loaf or to the forts?

T. H. HOLMES,

Lieutenant-General.