War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1070 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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SUGAR LOAF, January 15, 1865 - 12 midnight.

(Received 12.16 a. m. 16th.)

General HEBERT:

General Bragg directs that as soon as you ascertain with certainly that Fort Fisher has been captured you evacuate Fort Holmes, and send all steamers to Fort Anderson. They should not be allowed to fall into the enemy's hands.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUGAR LOAF, January 15, 1865 - 12 midnight.

Brigadier-General HEBERT,

Smithville:

Order to send small boat to Fort Fisher is countermanded, as place seems to have surrendered.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copy sent to Lieutenant Bright.)

BATTERY LAMB, January 15, 1865 - 4.20 p. m.

(Received 4.45 p. m.)

General HEBERT:

Enemy still hold east part of land face of Fisher. Mound and Buchanan still firing. Flag still waving over the Mound and Buchanan.

BRIGHT,

Lieutenant.

BATTERY LAMB, January 15, 1865 - 4.50 p. m.

(Received 5.25 p. m.)

General HEBERT:

The enemy still hold same position. We still hold them in check. Mound and Buchanan still firing on enemy's land force inside of the fort.

BRIGHT,

Lieutenant.

BATTERY LAMB, January 15, 1865 - 5.17 p. m.

General HEBERT:

GENERAL: There are about forty or fifty men here who have made their escape from Fisher; some wounded. Please send up rations and some small-arms. If you will allow me [I will] keep those who are not hurt. I need men badly. Please answer.

J. J. BRIGHT,

Lieutenant, Commanding.