War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1102 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CHARLESTON, January 19, 1865.

General BRAGG:

I am sending guns from here for defense of Augusta and Columbia; but if, when the railroads are open, I find I can spare you the guns you wish I will do so.

W. H. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 19, 1865.

Flag-Officer PINCKNEY, C. S. Navy,

Wilmington:

SIR: I respectfully request you will immediately cause the floating obstructions to be placed in the river.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, &c.,

BRAXTON BRAGG.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 19, 1865.

Flag-Officer R. F. PICKNEY, C. S. Navy,

Commanding, &c.:

SIR: I will be greatly obliged, and it will conduce to the public service, if you will furnish Major John W. Cameroon, chief quartermaster, with all the caulkers, caulking tools, and materials you can supply, to enable him to construct as rapidly as possible a number of pontoons.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, &c.,

BRAXTON BRAGG.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 19, 1865.

Flag-Officer R. F. PINCKNEY, C. S. Navy,

Commanding, &c.:

SIR: I have determined to block the channel of the river as effectually as possible, and have given orders that all steamers below shall be immediately brought to this place. I therefore beg you will at once take measures to have all the obstructions that can be prepared sunk in the stream as soon as the arrival of the streamers at a point this side of Fort Lee is ascertained.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

BRAXTON BRAGG.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 19, 1865.

Flag-Officer PICKNEY, C. S. Navy:

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that there are none of our steamers below Fort Lee.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG.