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,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, January 14, 1865-10.20 a.m.
Commanding Twenty-fourth Army Corps:
General Turner did not arrive and I do not expect him. Will you assume command?
ED. W. SMITH,
JANUARY 14, 1865.
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.
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