War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0294 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA.Chapter LXIII.

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been previously reported to me. It is not probable that the first-named regiment will reach Wilmington for a week; the time of moveemnt of the latter was not stated. As to the number to be raised for local defenses I am not informed, but under the authority of your dispatch I will proceed to raise such as I can and in such numbers as in my judgment seem advisable. In glancing over the report you will, I think, be struck with the very limited number of men compared with the extent of the coast to be guarded, and I trust that the President will think proper to send me three of the North Carolina regiments until others can be raised. There is a pressing necessity for them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Goldsborough, September 13, 1861.

Report of the stations and proximate number of effective troops in the Department of North Carolina on the 13th of September, 1861:

For the defense of the Cape Fear:

Two regiments of infantry................................. 1,500

One company of cavalry.................................... 75

One light artillery battery............................... 90

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1,665

Garrison of Fort Macon and its dependencies:

Five companies serving as artillery....................... 400

One company servingas light artillery..................... 80

Two regiments of infantry................................. 1,500

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1,980

Near New Berne:

Two companies serving as heavy artillery................... 150

One company of artillery (no horses)....................... 80

Five companies of infantry................................. 375

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605

Near Washington:

Remnant of companies of Seventh Regiment of Volunteers..... 130

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Total...................................................... 4,380

On Roanoke Island:

One regiment of Georgia Volunteers.

Garrison of Fort Oregon.

In glancing over the report you will, I think be struck with the very small number of men captured with the great extent of coast to be guarded, and I trust the President will think proper to send us three of the North Carolina regiments, to serve in this department, until others can be raised.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant-General, Richmond.

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RICHMOND, September 13, 1861.

Governor H. T. CLARK,

Raleigh, N. C.:

Please state the number of troops you have sent to the coast of North Carolina since the fall of Hatteras, and what addition you can promptly make to those you have already sent.

JEFF'N DAVIS.

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