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the vicinage appraisement without appeal. It is expected that the present emergency will be of short duration, and it is hoped that there will be a patriotic response to this unforeseen call upon the people.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

January 12, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding:

One of your scouts reports that Gregg's cavalry has not been on this side of the river. He thinks that the troops reported by the deserters to have gone to North Carolina could not have passed down the river, as he was on the river at the time.

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

January 12, 1865.

Major R. P. DUNCAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: Nothing unusual to report this morning. A communications was sent to the commanding officer of the Ninth Corps, U. S. Army, at 8 o'clock this morning in regard to passing Mrs. Sturdivant across the lines. An answer has not yet been received. Two men deserted from Elliott's brigade last night.

The following casualties are respectfully reported, viz: Gracie's brigade, 2 wounded; Ransom's brigade, 1 killed.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General.

WILMINGTON, January 12, 1865-Midnight.

General R. E. LEE,

Petersburg:

The enemy's fleet is reported from Fort Fisher and Masonborough as again off New Inlet and along the coast north of it. Movement first seen since night.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, Numbers 4.

Wilmington, January 12, 1865.

I. The immediate command indicated in General Orders, Numbers 14 (1864), from these headquarters, is resumed by the commanding general.*

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*See Vol. XLII, Part III, p. 1303.

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