War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1054 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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SMITHVILLE, January 14, 1865.

Major VENABLE:

Strong is at Buchanan. The general had a harder fight yesterday than on Christmas. Old Fisher still stands defiant. We are well. We return to Fisher this morning, Seventy-six sail off at 7.30 o'clock.

J. H. HILL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, January 14, 1865.

Major VENABLE:

We hear heavy musketry firing now toward Fisher. Hoke and Bragg both at front. Soon as I hear particulars will let you know.

B. BURNS.

SUGAR LOAF, January 14, 1865.

Wilmington:

Send immediately to Fort Anderson steam-boat transportation for 1,000 men, with proper lighters. This transportation is to await orders at Anderson, and its arrival there must be immediately reported to us. There must be no delay or mistake in the execution of this order. Telegraphers what hour transportation may be expected at Anderson.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, January 14, 1865 - 3.30 p. m.

Major J. W. CAMERON,

Wilmington:

I sent your order at 10 a. m. to send immediately to Fort Anderson steam-boat transportation, with proper lighters, to carry 1,000 men to Fort Fisher. You may send the steamers direct to Gander Hall. When will they arrive? Absolutely necessary to have them by dark.

Answer.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, January 14, 1865 - 7 p. m.

Major J. W. CAMERON,

Wilmington:

Arrange transportation from Fayetteville to Wilmington for two companies, communication with Colonel Childs. I got no dispatches from you yesterday evening. Elucidate matters at telegraph office.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.