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WILMINGTON, February 9, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Petersburg:

The enemy landed more troops at Fisher yesterday, including cavalry. Our force of this arm is very small.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

WILMINGTON, February 9, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Petersburg:

You will see by my dispatch of this morning that more cavalry is required here.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

SUGAR LOAF, February 9, 1865.

Colonel ANDERSON,

Assistatn Adjutant-General:

I will be there. Everything quiet at present.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

FORT ANDERSON, February 9, 1865.

Colonel ANDERSON:

Does the commanding general prefer that I should communicate promptly, for with they are worth, reports received in such instances as that last night, or wait until I have proved their correctness before dispatching him on the subject?

JOHNSON HAGOOD,

Brigadier-General.

[Indorsement.]

Let me hear immediately all reports, but distinguish between those known to be true and mere rumors.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, February 9, 1865.

Brigadier General L. S. BAKER,

Goldsborouhg:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of yor communiication of 8th instant relative to movements of the enemy. Until infformation is received of some increase of their forces, it is not deemed prudent by the commanding general to remove troops from here, but all will be held ready to aid you. Our resources are small and must be cautiously used. General Bragg will be absent from the department for a few days, and leaves instructions with Major-General Hoke, who succeeds to the temporary command.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.