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mand, Dupont thought, would imply that he concurred in the views of the Department. The following letters will explain in a measure the reasons for the misunderstanding between the Secretary of the Navy and Rear-Admiral Dupont. The Secretary's letter is an implied order for Dupont to succeed at all hazards, while the Admiral's undertakes to show the Department how little prospect there was of meeting its expectations: Secretary Welles to Rear-Admiral Dupont. Navy Department, April 11, 1863. Sir — It has been suggested to the Department by the President, in view of operations elsewhere, and especially by the Army of the Potomac, that you should retain a strong force off Charleston, even should you find it impossible to carry the place. You will continue to menace the rebels, keeping them in apprehension of a renewed attack, in order that they may be occupied; and not come North or go West to the aid of the rebels, with whom our forces will soon be in conflict. Should y