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eighty three guns. The garrison which successfully withstood this formidable force consisted of detachments of the Tenth, Thirty-sixth and Fortieth North Carolina regiments, Adams's light battery, and a detachment from the navy, under Captain Chapman; all under the immediate command of Colonel Lamb, and to whom General Bragg and General Whiting unite in awarding great credit. General Whiting is also entitled to high praise, not only for his bearing during the fierce conflict, but for thovidence, to the skill of Major-General Whiting, who planned the defences at the mouth of the Cape Fear, to the gallantry and endurance of Colonel Lamb and the brave garrison of Fort Fisher, under his immediate command, worthily seconded by Lieutenant Chapman, of the navy, and his devoted seamen serving Battery Buchanan, and the steady coolness with which Brigadier-General Kirkland, with a part of his brigade, checked the advance of vastly superior numbers of the enemy. Thus another giganti
favorable. The fleet outside the bar are all ready to sail at a moment's notice, and will fall in line as soon as the forest of masts comes out of Beaufort harbor. The larger transports are also outside, about fifteen miles from the shore, awaiting the movement of the fleet. The following statement of a deserter from Fort Fisher is published in the Northern papers: He says he was stationed, both during and since the bombardment, in naval battery Buchanan, commanded by Lieutenant Chapman, and situated near the Mound; that there were between five and six hundred men in the forts on the two days of the attack, and no troops in Wilmington or its vicinity to reinforce them; that the fire from the fleet was so fierce as to drive the rebels from their guns and into the bomb-proofs throughout the greater portion of their works soon after the commencement of the action; that two of their Brooke guns burst, killing and wounding some twenty-five men; that we dismounted eight of
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