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Headquarters Department of North Carolina,

Wilmington, January 6, 1865


General R. E. Lee,

                        Commanding Army of Northern Virginia, Petersburg:

            General: Your letter of 30th December, on the subject of ammunition &c., is received. The great deficiency existing at the time of my report for the troops belonging to this department was owing to the hasty concentration of reserves and home guards, and the inability to supply anything from the arsenals. The First Brigade of Hoke’s division was hurried forward by the general, under my pressing calls, leaving all supplies not carried by the men. On their arrival requisition was made for ammunition, simply stating what they had. With these facts only, after applying to the chief of ordnance, and the arsenals without success, I dispatched to you. General Hoke’s reserve all came up in time, and the arsenals have been able to supply other wants, so that we are now well furnished.

                        I am, general, very respectfully your obedient servant,

Braxton Bragg,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1017

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 19

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