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the honor to inform you in my last despatch, that the expedition for Fernandina was equipped, and waiting only for suitable weather to sail from Port Royal. I have now the pleasure to inform you that I am in full possession of Cumberland Island and Sound, of Fernandina and Amelia Island, and of the river and town of St. Mary's. I sailed from Port Royal on the last day of February, in the Wabash, and on the second inst. entered Cumberland Sound, by St. Andrew's Inlet, in the Mohican, Com. S. W. Godon, on board of which ship I have hoisted my flag. The fleet comprised the following vessels, sailing in the order in which they are named: Ottawa, Mohican, accompanied by the Ellen, Seminole, Pawnee, Pocahontas, Flag, Florida, James Adger, Bienville, Alabama, Keystone State, Seneca, Huron, Pembina, Isaac Smith, Penguin, Potomska, armed cutter Henrietta, armed transport McClellan, the latter having on board the battalion of marines, under the command of Maj. Reynolds, and the transport
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 84 1/2.-naval operations in Florida. (search)
Doc. 84 1/2.-naval operations in Florida. Report of Flag-officer Du Pont. Flag-ship Wabash, off St. Augustine, Fla., March 13, 1862. sir: Having on the seventh despatched a division of my force to hold Brunswick, consisting of the Mohican, Pocahontas, and Potomska, under Commander Godon, I shifted my flag from the first-named vessel to the Pawnee, and organized another squadron of light vessels, embracing the four regular gunboats Ottawa, Seneca, Pembina, and Huron, with the Isaac Smith and Ellen, under Lieut. Commanding Stevens, to proceed without delay to the mouth of the St. John's River; cross, if possible, its difficult and shallow bar; feel the forts if still held, and push on to Jacksonville; indeed to go as far as Pilatka, eighty miles beyond, to reconnoitre and capture river-steamers. This expedition was to be accompanied by the armed launches and cutters of the Wabash, under Lieuts. Irwin and Barnes, and by a light-draft transport with the Seventh New-Hampshire
vision of my force to Brunswick, under Commander S. W. Godon, consisting of the Mohican, the Pocahothe channel. On the following morning, Commander Godon, with his division, moved past the batter of the inhabitants. I enclose a copy of Commander Godon's interesting report. Very respectfull received another interesting report from Commander Godon, giving the details of a reconnoissance bick to Darien, a copy of which I enclose. Com. Godon, with the Pocahontas, Lieutenant Commanding to. the crippled condition of the Potomska, Com. Godon did not deem it advisable to push his reconne hundred troops were quartered there. Commander Godon speaks in warm terms of Lieutenant Commans engaged. I have the honor to be, etc., S. W. Godon, Commander. Flag-Officer S. J. Du Pont, Comrm the Department that I have heard, from Commander Godon, of a dastardly and concealed attack madeher inquiry. Enclosed are the reports of Commander Godon, Lieut. Commanding Balch, and Assistant S[4 more...]