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699 Series I Volume IV- Serial 4 - Operations in the South and West

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him with great vigor and devotion. A victor to your arms will probably be the result, and a second attempt by the enemy will not probably be made. The major-general commanding has given an order for one hundred and fifty percussion muskets, with ammunition, to be turned over to Lieutenant Parramore, in order to strengthen you.

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

HENRY BRYAN, Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE CAPE FEAR, Wilmington, November 15, 1861.

General S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond:

SIR: It becomes my duty to report that, in pursuance of the instructions of the honorable Secretary of War to "send all the force I could possibly spare to the aid of South Carolina in the event she should be attacked," I send two regiments of infantry and one field battery of six brass pieces (Captain Moore's). It will be understood that this is a force I thought I could spare when the enemy had passed this point and actually attacked our brethren in another State, but it is a force which cannot be spared after the emergency has passed, looking to the general defense of this part of the coast, especially since the withdrawal of the reserve from Goldsborough. If these regiments are likely to remain in South Carolina long-and in any event to be prepared for attack-I respectfully request that two of the three regiments which I learn from his excellency the governor of North Carolina he has organized, but for which he has no arms, be armed if practicable, and ordered to report to me as early as practicable.

Whilst the matter of sending this force to South Carolina was left to my judgment I did not hesitate a moment, and I am well assured that those to whose assistance they were sent would promptly have come to my aid if the attack had been made here, and it is proper that I should remark upon the alacrity with which my orders were obeyed by both officers and men without exception. Indeed, the only difficulty with me was to say who should not go when all were volunteers for the post of danger.

It is due, too, to the militia of the neighboring counties that I should formally announce to you that when I conceived it my duty to call for their assistance on occasion of the recent apprehend attack, they almost to a man rushed to their country's standard, each men with a weapon. So universal was the turn-out, that I found it prudent to detail detachments to return to the counties for police purposes.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

J. R. ANDERSON, Brigadier-General, Commanding.


General S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

SIR: I have received two communications from Colonel Smith, commanding, and one verbally, representing the state of things on the