War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0501 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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GOLDSBOROUGH, March 13, 1862-4.30 p. m.

General S. COOPER,

Richmond, Va.:

The train just arrived from New Berne, having left there at 1 p. m. The firing upon the lower batteries has been continuous since 8 a. m., so the conductor reports. No official dispatches from General Branch. If you have any re-enforcements to send please forward them without delay and notify me beforehand of their coming.

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

(Same to Governor Clark, Raleigh).

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GOLDSBOROUGH, March 13, 1862.

Governor CLARK,

Raleigh:

General Branch reports the enemy in force twelve miles below New Berne. Please forward any troops that you may have at your disposal. The telegraph to New Berne will not operate.

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Goldsborough, March 13, 1862.

Brigadier General L. O'B. BRANCH,

Commanding, &c., New Berne, N. C.:

GENERAL: Your disptach by special train, dated 9 p. m. yesterday, did not reach here until 6 this morning, owing to a breakdown in the train. The telegraph does not answer, so I fear the wire has been cut. I shall telegraph your information to Richmond and have all the troops in the department assembled to go to your assistance, and as soon as I am satisfied that I have done all that I can here I will go down and join you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Goldsborough, March 13, 1862.

Brigadier-General BRANCH,

Commanding Forces, &c., New Berne:

GENERAL: The train has just arrived, I regret to say, without a line from you. The telegraph does not work. Please send me all the information you have in regard to the number of vessels, &c., of the enemy by the return train. Colonel Lane's regiment, some 350 strong, will leave Wilmigton at 10 p. m., and I have sent a train for Jones' battery at Tarborough. Have sent to the Secretary of War and Governor for re-enforcements; have heard nothing from either. I trust that you will be able to make a successful resistance.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General.

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