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Doc. 137 1/2. capture of Beaufort, S. C. A correspondent of the New York Herald, gives the following account of this capture:-- Fort Walker, Port Royal harbor, S. C., November 11, 1861. On Saturday noon last, in pursuance of the orders of Flag-officer Dupont, the gunboats Seneca, Lieutenant-Commanding David Ammen; Pembina, Lieutenant-Commanding John Bankhead, and the Curlew, Lieutenant Whortmough, proceeded up the Beaufort River to reconnoitre, and to take possession of two lightd between the cities of Savannah and Charleston is miserable enough, and not capable of doing the business that will now be demanded of it. Another account: by an officer of the frigate Pawnee. steam-frigate Pawnee, Port Royal Bay, November 11, 1861. Our gunboats went up to Beaufort yesterday, land found the town and the river banks deserted by the white residents. Parties of negroes were breaking open houses and plundering at leisure. The panic exceeds description. We are info
A. Greer will take charge of the third cutter, which accompanies you, and assist you in these duties. I trust that all those under your command, in executing this important and delicate duty, will conduct themselves with all the delicacy and kindness which become the character of our naval service, I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax, U. S. N., Executive Officer San Jacinto. United States steamer San Jacinto, At sea, November 11, 1861. gentlemen: You will report to me in writing all the facts which transpired under your observation on board the mail steamer Trent, bound from Havana to St. Thomas, whilst hove — to under our guns on the 8th inst., and boarded by you under my orders. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax; Lieutenant Jas. A. Greer; Second Assistant Engineer James B. Houston; Third Assistant Engineer Geo. W. Hall; Paymaster's clerk R. G. S
s no good but to destroy a few of them. I have just learned from a spy that a steamboat arrived at Piketon yesterday with supplies to the enemy. Maj. Howes wants more money; he has bought hogs, horses, wagons, &c., &c. Your obedient servant, John S. Williams, Colonel C. S. A. H. W. Chilton, A. A.-General. Account by a participant. The following description is given by a Union soldier who participated in the battle: camp “hopeless chase,” Pikesville, Pike County, Ky., Nov. 11, 1861. I take the first opportunity of writing to you that I have had since I sent my last to you. I have been in an engagement; have heard the cold lead balls fly past my ears; I have seen men struck dead by my side by those same balls; and yet, by the goodness of God, have escaped unhurt. Let me now give you a full description of the fight. We marched from Salyersville the day after I wrote my last, and after marching one whole day and a half, we arrived at Preston-burg, fording the B
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mode best calculated to prevent the commission of so heinous a crime. Your obedient servant, J. P. Benjamin, Acting Secretary of War. To Brig.-Gen. John H. Winder, Richmond, Virginia. Headquarters Department of Henrico, Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 11, 1861. sir: In obedience to your instructions contained in your letter of the 9th instant, one prisoner of war of the highest rank in our possession was chosen, by lot, to be held for execution in the same manner as may be adopted by the enemy fgdes; Captains Rockwood, Bowman and Keffer. Respectfully, your obedient servant, John H. Winder, Brigadier-General. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Sec. of War, Richmond. How the ballots were drawn: account by an officer. Richmond prison, Va., Nov. 11, 1861. sir: This lets you know that I am in as good health and spirits as could be expected under confinement so long. It is now sixteen weeks since I was taken, with many more, on the battle-field at Bull Run, and since that many more have bee
h acts ought to be recorded, such men rewarded with promotion. I asked him what his motive was in halting a whole column of the enemy. He said his plan was to give intimation to the reserve of their advance that they might open upon them on their left flank, and so, perhaps, arrest their progress. Colonel Benham is preparing to-day to move in pursuit of the retreating force under Floyd. D. B. --Cincinnati Commercial. Another account. camp Loup Creek, near Gauley, Va. November 11, 1861. In my last letter I informed you of an early preparation for a general battle, but up to this time nothing of the sort has transpired, although we are momentarily expecting it; and will surely have it, if some unforeseen event does not transpire. If such a thing as a battle takes place, it will be one of extermination on either side. For it will be the great battle for supremacy in the Kanawha Valley. The strength of the Southern forces is variously estimated at from seven to ei
Doc. 152. reconnoissance at Matthias Pt. Col. Graham's official report. Headquarters Fifth Regt. Excelsior Brigade, camp Fenton, near Port Tobacco, Md., Monday, November 11, 1861. General: Shortly after my arrival at this point, Capt. Arthur Wilkinson, of Company I, of this regiment, by my orders seized several boats, and manned them with crews of sailors picked from his company. They were employed in reconnoitring the Potomac shore and neighboring creeks, and in keeping a general surveillance over the movements and actions of the secession sympathizers on this shore. In his numerous reconnoitring expeditions Capt. W. was frequently materially assisted by Lieut. Samuel Magaw, of the U. S. steamer Freeborn, and Acting-Master Arnold Harris, of the U. S. steamer Island Belle. I was on board these steamers in several of their explorations, and from information gleaned from reliable sources, I became convinced that there were no batteries at Matthias Point sufficient to