War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1103 Chapter LIX] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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AUGUSTA, February 5, 1865.

Major-General WHEELR:

Oby Feneral Hardee's instructions, but should you find that the enemy intends moving in force on Columbia instead of Augusta, join your command to Hampton's to oppose his progress.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

BRANCHVILLE, S. C., February 5, 1865.

General WHEELER:

Please communicate with General Deas at Binnaker's Bridge, and keep him advised, that he may move in time, should it be necessary. Please send six couriers to the command at Binnaker's Bridge, and twenty to me at Orangeburg. Orgerwise we cannot keep up communication; we have none.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 5, 1865-5. 45 a. m.

Captain P. N. PAGE:

Blockaders firing at a vessel which has just come in.

T. A. HUGUENIN,

Captain, Commanding.

WILMINGTON, February 5, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Petersburg:

The enemy's forces in this department largely exceed my command. any diminution of which would seriously endanger the whole. Should you think otherwise I will detach any portion you think may be spared and do all in my power to hold him in check.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

FEBRUARY 5, 1865.

Colonel ANDERSON:

The enemy crossed the Rowanty four miles above Stony Creek this morning and cut telegraph line, moving toward Petersburg and tearing down line as they advanced. Confederate line via Greensborough has been down two days. We expext it to be O. K. to-morrow morning. At present we are using the railroad line to Richmond. General Bragg's massage was sent by that line. The enemy were reported within four miles of Midway, S. C., to-day about 2 o'clock. At 4 o'clock we lost current from Augusta, and supposed they reached the road, as we have not had Augusta up to this hour.

Respectfully,

OPERATOR.

FORT ANDERSON, February 5, 1865-6 p. m.

Colonel ANDERSON:

A party of the enemy landed at Battery Lamb to-day, and were still there at last accounts. They threw out pickets and appeared to