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egraphic communication with Washington should be interrupted, I directed Lieutenant Comstock, my Chief-Engineer, on the morning of the fourteenth, to ask General Wooon the morning of the fifteenth: Washington, November 14, 1862. Lieutenant Comstock: I have received your two telegrams to-day. Captain Spaulding has arriv headquarters Eng. Brig., Washington, D. C., November 17, 1862--7 P. M. Lieutenant Comstock, Engineer, General Burnside's Headquarters, A. of P.: Major Spaulding General. headquarters Eng. Brig., Washington, D. C. November 18, 1862. Lieutenant Comstock, or in his absence, Chief of General Burnside's Staff: Major Spauldine waiting for his return was told that a despatch had been received from Lieutenant Comstock, my Chief Engineer, wishing to know if he (Colonel Spaulding), with his and I take pleasure in referring to the reports of General Woodbury and Lieutenant Comstock for a more detailed account of this gallant work. It was now near nig
ur command back to Beaufort, and report to these headquarters for further instructions. You will not debark at Beaufort until so directed. General Sheridan has been ordered to send a division of troops to Baltimore, and place them on sea-going vessels. These troops will be brought to Fort Monroe and kept there on the vessels until you are heard from. Should you require them, they will be sent to you. U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. Brevet Major-General A. H. Terry. Lieutenant-Colonel C. B. Comstock, aide-decamp (now brevet brigadier-general), who accompanied the former expedition, was assigned in orders as chief engineer to this. It will be seen that these instructions did not differ materially from those given for the first expedition; and that in neither instance was there an order to assault Fort Fisher. This was a matter left entirely to the discretion of the commanding officer. The expedition sailed from Fort Monroe on the morning of the sixth, arriving on the
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 54. the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
he land-front of the work. General Curtis, Lieutenant-Colonel (now Brevet Brigadier-General) Comstock, the chief engineer of the expedition, and myself, under the protection of the fire of the fleea careful reconnoissance of the work, getting within six hundred yards of it. The report of General Comstock, which, with its accompanying map, is appended hereto, gives a full description of it and i regiment up to the work, and afterward followed up the retreating enemy. To Brevet Brigadier-General C. B. Comstock, aid-de-camp on the staff of the Lieutenant-General, I am under the deepest oblor-General. Brigadier-General J. A. Rawlins, Chief of Staff, City Point, Virginia. Brigadier-General Comstock's report. headquarters United States forces, Fort Fisher, North Carolina, Januaryhultz, Fifteenth New York volunteer engineers. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, C. B. Comstock, Lieutenant-Colonel and Brevet Brigadier-General, Chief Engineer. Major A. Terry, A. A. G.