ANDERSON, January 21, 1865-2.10 p. m.
Instructions have been previously given to pickets and patrols not to allow negroes to go toward the enemy.
BATTERY LEE, [January] 21, 1865.
I ask leave to destroy the light-houses here and on the river, as they will afford a sure guide to a fleet coming up.
C. H. SIMONTION,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, [January 21, 1865.]
Colonel J. G. BURR,
Commanding Seventh Regiment Home Guards:
COLONEL: The commanding general desires you will send a company of your regiment to the plantations on the other side of the river and in the country between this place and Fort Anderson, with instructions to gather up and receipt for much able-bodied negro men for Government service as the owners may desire to turn over, under existing circumstances. Several careful officers should be sent to conduct the business. The negroes collected will be brought to this place and delivered to Captain James, chief engineer.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, January 22, 1865.
Acting Chief of Artillery, First Corps:
I am directed to inform you that our gun boats will make the attempt to force their way down the river to-night, or nearly to-morrow morning, and break up the enemy's shipping at City Point. General Longstreet directs about your order all of your shore batteries which can be made available to co-operate with the attempt by opening on such shore batteries of the enemy as fire on the boats. You had better go across the river yourself to-night nad see that these orders are understood and effectually carried out.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
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