nal service, I leave, with the expression of my views, to you the manner of executing it.
All assaults are exposed service, but this assault has with much real risk less than appears.
Wishing you success and promotion,
I have the honor to be, etc., etc., S. P. Lee. To Captain Melancton Smith, U. S. Navy.
In the coming times, these quaint dispatches of the year 1864, issued by the old salts of the Navy, will doubtless be looked upon much as we now regard the lucubrations of Admiral Benbow and his contemporaries.
Whether Captain Smith benefitted by the directions so liberally showered upon him will appear when we chronicle his adventures in the sounds of North Carolina.
The following vessels, arranged in the order given, off Edenton Bay, were under Captain Smith's command:
Miami, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Charles A. French.
Ceres, Acting-Master H. H. Foster.
Commodore Hull, Act.-Master Francis Josselyn.
Mattabesett, Commander J