ded by Master's Mate Lawrence; the Anacostia cutter, with fifteen men, commanded by Master's Mate John Williams; and the Wyandank cutter, with eighteen men, commanded by Master's Mate Sheridan.
We landed a little below Holland Point, leaving the boats in charge of Master's Mate Walters, of the Reliance, and a couple of men belonging to each boat.
After clambering upon a high and almost perpendicular bank, we formed in line of march, and soon reached a log house belonging to a man named Howard, who was sent on board the Yankee to prevent him from notifying the rebels of our arrival, with an assurance to his wife that he would be sent on shore as soon as we had finished the business on hand.
Leaving this house, we proceeded through innumerable quagmires, piloted by a contraband, to another house about a mile off, where we found a woman; but no rebel soldiers.
It now began to snow pretty hard, and through the storm, after sticking in the mud several times, we arrived at the farm o