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THE

WAR OF THE REBELLION:

A COMPILATION OF THE

OFFICIAL RECORDS

OF THE

UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF

The Hon. RUSSELL A. ALGER, Secretary of War,

BY

MAJ. GEORGE W. DAVIS, U. S. ARMY,
MR. LESLIE J. PERRY, CIVILIAN EXPERT,
MR. JOSEPH W. KIRKLEY, CIVILIAN EXPERT,

Board of Publication.

SERIES I–VOLUME LI—IN TWO PARTS.
PART 1_REPORTS, UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

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CHAPTER LXIII.

OPERATIONS IN MARYLAND, EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA (EXCEPT SOUTHWESTERN), AND WEST VIRGINIA.

SUPPLEMENT EMBRACING DOCUMENTS FOUND OR RECEIVED TOO LATE FOR INSERTION IN VOLUMES 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 25, 27, 29, 33, 36, 37, 40, 42, 43, AND 46.

January 1, 1861-June 30, 1865.

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PART I.* (Tho number in brackets at the lower left hand of each document indicates the volume to which it

properly belongs.]

APRIL 16, 1861.—Seizure of Forts Caswell and Johnston, N. C. Report of Col. John L. Cantwell, Thirtieth North Carolina Militia.

FORT CASWELL, Mouth of Cape Fear River, April 17, 1861. Sir: For the information of the commander-in-chief I have the lengte to report as follows! Early

on the morning of the 16th instant fyesterday) I received an order by telegraph from Goldsborough, through the acting adjutant-generaì

, directing me to proceed with such of the force under my command as I might deem requisite for the Burpose, to Forts Caswell and Johnston, and take possession of the Suve o in the name of the State, with instructions that the measure was

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on the defensive. Accordingly at 11 a. m. of the same day (orders having been issued to that effect) I took command of the battalion composed of detachments from the following companies: Wilmington Part II contains the Confederate correspondence, &c. * Embraces the Union and Confederate reports and the Union correspondence, &c.

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