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FORT FISHER, December 28, 1864.

Major-General HOKE:

I will send the couriers to replace them. Don't fail to send down a regiment until I get the men from Charleston. I have a large amount of work to do.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

SMITHVILLE, December 28, 1864.

(Received 7 a. m.)

General BRAGG:

Weather is somewhat misty after storm. I, however, can say there is no fleet near western bar yet. The firing this morning is at the Fry.

LOUIS HEBERT,

Brigadier-General.

SMITHVILLE, December 28, 1864 - 8 a. m.

Major VAN DER HORST:

No news from Fisher since last evening at about 6.30 o'clock. All was well then. Five vessels off here this a. m. The City of Petersburg, the Hansa, and the Chamberlin went out by western bar last night, and the Virginia came in.

LOUIS HEBERT,

Brigadier-General.

FORT FISHER, December 28, 1864.

General HEBERT,

Smithville:

The general will return to town this afternoon. He says he will give his directions with reference to the continuation of the work at Fisher as soon as possible, and further directs me to say he will visit you as soon as he is able.

JAMES H. HILL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT FISHER, December 28, 1864.

General HEBERT,

Smithville:

I will be down to-day and will go to town afterward; will make arrangements to send your troops back; am going in Chickamauga to take the Fry people up to city.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

FORT FISHER, December 28, 1864 - 12 m.

General HEBERT,

Smithville:

I send you four of your companies by Cape Fear to-day; and am in hopes that the battalion of the Fortieth will reach you to-morrow. There are now twenty-six vessels off, and they are very quiet.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.