War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1358 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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Abstract from tri-monthly return of the Department of Richmond, Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell commanding, for December 30, 1864.

Present for duty.

Command Officers Men Effective Aggregate

total present

present

Tennessee 56 495 569 713

brigade

Local Defense 68 562 655 742

Brigade

Barton's 91 1.061 1.130 1.414

command

Second 16 122 149 202

Battalion

Virginia

Reserves

Total 231 2.240 2.503 3.071

Gary's brigade 64 1.197 1.465 1.701

Richmond 60 1.146 1.258 1.430

Artillery

Defenses

Ninth Georgia 18 402 426 456

Battalion

Artillery

Total 78 1.548 1.684 1.886

Grand total 373 4.985 5.652 6.658

Prisoners

Command Aggregate Officers Men

present

and absent

Tennessee 1.627 49 484

brigade

Local Defense 2.746 ..... ......

Brigade

Barton's 3.911 2 26

command

Second 807 1 .....

Battalion

Virginia

Reserves

Total 9.091 52 510

Gary's brigade 3.492 20 354

Richmond 3.386 3 1

Artillery

Defenses

Ninth Georgia 632 3 48

Battalion

Artillery

Total 4.018 6 49

Grand total 16.601 78 913

WILMINGTON, December 31, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON,

Richmond:

Most of the cargo of the Fry will be saved. Vessel will be lost.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

WILMINGTON, December 31, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Petersburg:

All is perfectly quiet. Nothing as yet heard of the enemy's fleet.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

WILMINGTON, December 31, 1864.

Colonel JOHN B. SALE,

Military Secretary, Richmond, Va.:

In the emergency now upon us we have three resources: Emancipation and the negro, a faithful and efficient execution of the conscript law, and the large en employed army in the Trans-Mississippi. The first would be fatal, the next has been to long and fatally postponed, the last is available, only requiring tact, energy, and will. If the East is lost, the West must follow; if the East is save, the West can be redeemed. Use this for our cause.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, December 31, 1864.

Major Ben. W. H. C. WHITING,

Commanding Third Military District, Wilmington:

GENERAL: After considering your communication of 30th instant in all its bearings and aspects, the commanding general sees no reason