War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1168 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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SUGAR LOAF, January 31, 1865.

Colonel ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Reports of deserters and from a prisoner captured yesterday, together with the appearance of the fleet and information gained by scouts, induce me to believe the enemy has not withdrawn any of his force except the one regiment which carried the prisoners from Fisher; that is reported to have returned to Grant's army.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

SUGAR LOAF, January 31, 1865.

Colonel ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

As Leventhorpe is in the Department of North Carolina, can the general commanding order him to report to me for duty until the recommendation can be heard from? His services are very much wanted to keep the brigade up. It is now commanded by a lieutenant-colonel, who is totally unfit.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

WILMINGTON, January 31, 1865.

Major-General HOKE,

Sugar Loaf:

General Leventrorpe is in this department, but executing orders of the governor, and not now reporting to General Bragg. So he cannot be brought here. Cannot you make some other temporary arrangement? A colonel, for instance, from Kirkland.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WILMINGTON, January 31, 1865.

Brigadier-General HAGOOD,

Fort Anderson:

General Hebert reports no obstructions ready here. Your dispatch 9 p. m. did not arrive till 6 a. m.; it has been sent to General Bragg.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WILMINGTON, January 31, 1865-9.30 a. m.

Brigadier-General HAGOOD,

Fort Anderson:

Dispatches from Virginia represent enemy have withdrawn from our front, leaving only garrisons. General Bragg is anxious to know exact stat of affairs, and begs you will use every effort to ascertain to as soon as possible. Can you not keep a permanent lookout near Battery Lamb?

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.