War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1048 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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FORT FISHER, January 13, 1865.

General BRAXTON BRAGG:

The enemy have landed in large force. Garrison too weak to resist assault and prevent their advance. You must attack them at once.

WHITING,

General.

FORT FISHER, January 13, 1865.

General BRAGG:

Enemy have landed a large force. They will assault me to-night, or try to do it. You must attack.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

FORT FISHER, January 13, 1865-8 p. m.

General BRAXTON BRAGG:

Enemy are on the beach, where they have been all day. Why are they not attacked? Our casualties about forty, after a furious bombardment. I have ordered troops from the other posts. Our submarine cable and telegraph cut by shell. Enemy ceased firing at 6 o'clock.

WHITING,

General.

SPECIAL ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS,

Wilmington, January 13, 1865.

Major Reilly, with his battalion, will proceed by river to Fort Fisher and report to Colonel Lamb. I will transportation to move without delay.

W. H. C. WHTITING,

Major-General.

SUGAR LOAF, January 13, 1865.

Colonel ANDERSON:

I arrived here at 8 o'clock and found the enemy landing at Battery Gatlin. One brigade is in position, the others are just coming up. The enemy, apparently, is preparing to attack me.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

WILMINGTON, January 13, 1865.

Major General R. F. HOKE,

Sugar Loaf:

Advise me to of the position of the fleet, and keep me informed of any movements or indications of future intentions. Let me know your wants in all respects.

BRAXTON BRAGG.