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WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864.

Major-General WHITING, Fort Fisher:

General Bragg will make a call at the forts to-morrow morning, and directs me to say you can give instructions for work to be done at Fisher and be ready to return with him and resume your headquarters here.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Wilmington, December 29, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel A. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Present:

COLONEL: Please to inform the general commanding that I left all quiet at Fort Fisher, the force hard at work repairing damages and strengthening the position. The companies belonging to the works on Oak Island have been returned; those from Bald Head are still retained, but I expect to send them back to-morrow. I most earnestly desire the return of the garrisons from Charleston.

Very respectfully,

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

FISHER, December 29, 1864 - 8.30 a. m.

General WHITING:

I am satisfied that the vessels off here are nothing but blockaders. Eight blockaders and one schooner off; the fleet has undoubtedly gone.

JAS. H. HILL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

December 29, 1864.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that all the troops serving in the trenches be relieved. The temporary organizations belonging to the town may be dismissed; the others will go into camp at points not remote from the railroad, where wood is abundant.

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

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

December 29, 1864.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES, Commanding, & c.:

GENERAL: The commanding general desires me to say that you may recall the home guards you have on Masonborough Sound. The men of this organization living in Wilmington may return to their homes; the others must remain in camp till the enemy's plans are more clearly developed.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.