War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1131 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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RALEIGH, January 24, 1865.

General BRAGG:

Have the fleet and Federal troops left the river? Please answer.

Z. B. VANCE.

RICHMOND, January 24, 1865. (Received 25th.)

General BRAGG:

Where does the force reported by General Baker* come from, and what dispositions do you propose?

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 24, 1865.

Major J. W. CAMERON,

Chief Quartermaster:

MAJOR: I hand you herewith a statement of the cotton remaining in Wilmington. The commanding general directs that when transportation on any one of the roads can be furnished you notify any holder you may select of the fact, and inform him that if he does not immediately send off his cotton by the conveyance offered you will ship it and retain it at the point of destination at his risk until all charges incurred are paid.

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

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 24, 1865.

Colonel FREMONT,

Superintendent and Engineer, &c.:

SIR: I am directed to say, in reply to your memorandum, that there is already a force in front of Kenansville, and that under the present pressure for work no mechanics can be spared from here now.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, January 24, 1865.

HOLDERS OF COTTON:

You are respectfully informed that orders have been given to Major Cameron, chief quartermaster, to notify the parties controlling the cotton here when transportation can be furnished by any one of the railways,a nd, if the opportunity offered is not immediately seized, to send off the cotton himself and hold it at the point of destination at the risk of the owner and until charges are paid.

By order of General Bragg:

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*See Baker to Anderson, p. 1133.

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