War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1050 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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MASONBOROUGH, January 13, 1865.

Major HILL:

Must I carry the battery? The operator was intoxicated last night. I have him under guard; shall keep him under arrest for the present.

T. J. LIPSCOMB,

Colonel, Commanding.

WILMINGTON, N. C., January 13, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER OF ELLIS' BATTERY,

Camp Lamb:

General Bragg directs that you move immediately to Sugar Loaf and report to Major-General Hoke.

Respectfully,

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, January 13, 1865-1 a. m.

Brigadier-General HEBERT,

Smithville:

The enemy's fleet is reported as assembling again off our coast. Your different commanders will be instructed immediately that their posts are to be defended at every hazard and to the last extremity. No proposition of any kind from the enemy will be entertained, except under instructions from these headquarters. Communicate to General Whiting on his arrival.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WILMINGTON, N. C., January 13, 1865.

Brigadier General LOUIS HEBERT,

Smithville:

Inform Major Cameron that General Bragg desires him to return here immediately.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WILMINGTON, January 13, 1865.

General HEBERT:

Enemy's fleet reported off Masonborough and Fisher. If any boat with you, keep it to re-enforce, if ordered. Get ready, say, four companies, provided for emergency. They will attack the same way.

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.