War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0128 N. AND SE.VA., N.C., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

January 14, 1865. (Received 10.50 a.m.)

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

Nothing new along our front. Picket-firing was kept up during the night. Repairs of line going on.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 14, 1865-10.20 a.m.

Brigadier-General DEVENS,

Commanding Twenty-fourth Army Corps:

General Turner did not arrive and I do not expect him. Will you assume command?

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JANUARY 14, 1865.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

Richmond Examiner of the 14th contains the following:

The Yankee gun-boats, upward of fifty in number, are again visible off Wilmington, and were yesterday said to be engaged in a vigorous shelling of the woods near Fort Fisher. There is a rumor that an attack has been commenced against the fort itself, but the War Department had last night received no intelligence of it.

C. DEVENS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

FLAG-SHIP MALVERN,

Off Fort Fisher, January 14, 1865.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

Commanding Armies of the United States:

DEAR GENERAL: The forces under General Terry were landed yesterday without accident or opposition, and their supplies followed immediately. To-day I hope to finish landing the guns, which will be all left to do. General Terry is throwing up a breast-work across the neck of land from Battery Anderson to the river. (Battery Anderson is called by us Flag-Pound Battery.) I find General Terry most agreeable and efficient, but I think from the way he is going to work that he would like to have more men. This, however, is a mere matter of opinion of mine, which you may take for what it is worth. General Terry has said nothing about wanting more men, and, I judge, is one of those who would not ask for re-enforcements unless it should be absolutely necessary. Yesterday afternoon, after landing the troops, I went with a portion of the fleet to attack the fort. Our fire completely silenced