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boat off, Cushing, after refusing to surrender, ordered the crew to save themselves, and taking off his coat and shoes, jumped into the river. Others followed his example; but all returned except three, Woodman, and two of the crew, Higgins and Horton. Horton made his escape, but the other two were drowned. Gushing swam to the middle of the stream. Half a mile below he met Woodman in the water, completely exhausted. Gushing helped him to go on for a little distance, but he was by this timeHorton made his escape, but the other two were drowned. Gushing swam to the middle of the stream. Half a mile below he met Woodman in the water, completely exhausted. Gushing helped him to go on for a little distance, but he was by this time too weak to get his companion ashore. Reaching the bank with difficulty, he waited till daylight, when he crawled cut of the water and stole into the swamp, not far from the fort. On his way he fell in with a negro, whom he sent to gain information as to the result of the night's work. As soon as he learned that the Albemarle was sunk, he moved on until he came to a creek, where he captured a skiff, and in this he made his way the next night to the picket-boat at the mouth of the river. T