Next morning I went over in charge of a flag-of-truce boat, to arrange affairs with the commandant of Fort Caswell, (Colonel Jones,) so as to get the effects of Captain Kelley; landed on the beach under guns of the Fort.
Colonel Jones and several Colonel Jones and several of his officers were there to receive me. I introduced myself, and at once made known the object of the flag of truce, etc. I was obliged to wait there until they could send to Smithville for Captain Kelley's clothes, etc., etc. At first Colonel JonColonel Jones was very reserved in his manner, and of course I was on my dignity as well.
I could see that they felt a good deal mortified at our success.
At last Colonel Jones (by the by, he is from Virginia — was a captain in the regular army when the war Colonel Jones (by the by, he is from Virginia — was a captain in the regular army when the war broke out) remarked: Sir, you did a brave and gallant thing last night, and deserve great credit not only for the plan, but for the cool and daring manner in which it was executed.
We know your object was to get our General, but, thank God!