should they come on the Neuse. Keep Campbell's and Vance's regiments ready to move up should they be required. If it is not already done, the quartermaster should provide at least one wagon for each company, and three days' cooked rations should be kept continually on hand. Would it not be well to call on Edgecombe, Greene, Wayne, and Jones for militia, the two former to report a Washington? You are aware that only one-third are to be furnished.
R. C. GATLIN,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
Goldsborough, January 21, 1862.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant-General C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the report of Colonel Robert McMilan, Twenty-fourth Georgia Volunteers, in reference to the appearance of the enemy's fleet at Hatteras and within the Pamlico Sound, and of Brigadier-General Branch's letter fowarding the same to these headquarters.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. C. GATLIN,
[Inclosure Numbers 1.]
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF PAMLICO,
New Berne, January 20, 1862.
GENERAL: I send you in this sheet a copy of a disptach just received from Colonel McMillan. I call for the militia of Lenoir, Pitt, Craven, and Beaufort.
L. O'B. BRANCH,
[Inclosure Numbers 2.]
Washington, N. C., January 20, 1862.
SIR: Captain Wallace, who has just returned from the sound, reports that 125 sail of the enemy are at Hatteras; 100 of them inside the sound at 4 o'clock yesterday evening. The twenty-five outside, large-class steamers. They had pressed into their service all the pilots. Three of the pilots had made their escape and gave the information. He says Captain Farrow's son counted the vessels. The pilots report that the fleet is for Roanoke, Washington, Hyde, and New Berne, and that a portion of them would move this morning.
Your obedient servant,
The within information telegraphed to Generals Cooper, Huger, Anderson, and Governor Clark on the night received, 21st instant.
R. H. RIDDICK,
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