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MOREHEAD CITY, N. C., January 8, 1865.

DEAR RAWLINS: We have just been aboard the admiral's ship. He says there has not been a day fit for landing since the day we landed at Fort Fisher, December 25. He thinks a northeast gale is about to set in, and strongly urges that all our fleet be brought in two wait for good weather, as he thinks it impossible for them to stand a gale twenty-five miles out. General Terry will follow his advice, but will keep the transports away from here and out of sight as long as possible, giving them orders to run in at the last moment. The admiral thinks we will have good weather in four or five days at the change of the moon, and does not expect it before. General Terry is at once ordering ten days' additional coal and rations for our fleet. This bad weather is very unfortunate, but I don't see that we can do anything but trust to the admiral's judgment in that respect. He says the rebels abandoned Fort Fisher the night of the 25th, entirely.

In haste, yours,

C. B. COMSTOCK,

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 8, 1865

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General;

No change in the disposition of this command since last report. Eight deserters from the enemy came into our lines during yesterday and last night. The picket-line was modified as proposed.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 8, 1865.

Major S. CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Army Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that I have assigned, subject to the approval of the major-general commanding the corps, Bvt. Brigadier General H. J. Madill to the command of the First Brigade of this division during the temporary absence of Brigadier General R. de Trobriand.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MOTT,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

January 8, 1865. (Received 10 a.m.)

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Nothing to report for last twenty-four hours.

H. G WRIGHT,

Major-General.