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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, December 29, 1864.

Major General J. F. GILMER,

Chief Engineer, Richmond:

GENERAL: A suitable officer of your corps is much needed to serve at the headquarters of this department. I hope you will be able to have one ordered to me soon. The duties to be performed are varied and very important, requiring experience, skill, and great energy.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG,

General.

WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864.

Colonel J. GORGAS,

Chief of Ordnance, Richmond, Va.:

To replace damages and expenditures, General Whiting will require as soon as possible several carriages for 8-inch and 10-inch guns, and shot and shell for the same. Please urge the work on them at your arsenals. I am greatly in need of a good chief of ordnance. my old chief, Oladowski, would be acceptable.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Charleston:

The enemy's fleet has all sailed from here, having failed to inflict any serious damage. We could not discover their destination or future intentions.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864 - 10.05 a. m.

Major-General WHITING,

Fort Fisher:

Give every assistance to wrecking Agnes Fry and securing cargo and everything valuable about steamer that can be saved. Have an officer with sufficient guard to take care of everything landed.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864 - 10.30 a. m.

Major-General WHITING,

Fort Fisher:

General Bragg desires you as district commander to see that all telegraph lines are at once put in order. Many poles are decayed. You are also desired to take immediate steps for establishment of submarine telegraph line between Fort Fisher and Caswell.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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