War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1348 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864.

Major-General HOKE, Sugar Loaf:

McKethan is here with brigade. Will give orders. Keep your sick here.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WILMINGTON, December 29, 1864.

Brigadier-General COLQUITT, Fort Anderson:

General Bragg directs movement of your brigade to Wilmington by steamer to-morrow morning. Steamers will be sent.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, December 29, 1864.

Flag-Officer PINCKNEY, Wilmington:

SIR: Information has been received that the cargo and machinery of the Agnes Fry, aground below Fort Campbell, can be saved, though the ship must probably be lost. I beg to request that you will co-operate with General Hebert with such means as may be at your disposal in securing the valuable property on board of this steamer.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, December 29, 1864.

Flag-Officer PINCKNEY, Wilmington:

SIR: The enemy having drawn off entirely since his discomfiture, there is no longer a necessity for the patrol on the river which you kindly established at my request. It affords me great pleasure to convey to you the assurance of my admiration for the conduct of your officers and men serving Battery Buchanan during the bombardment of the 24th and 25th instant. General Whiting speaks in the highest terms of their gallantry and efficiency. When the reports in detail are received I shall be able to lay the matter before the Government in a more formal and satisfactory dispatch.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, & c.,

BRAXTON BRAGG.

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

No. 309.

Richmond, December 30, 1864.

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XXXII. As it has been represented to this Department, and the fact appears, that the Piedmont railroad, running from Danville, in the State of Virginia, to Greensborough, in the State of North Carolina, has unreasonably failed to comply with the requisition of this Department for the transportation of freights, supplies, materials, and men of the Confederate States, thereby injuriously affecting their military operations,