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na, disguised as a blockade-runner, for the rendezvous, twenty miles east of New inlet, North Carolina, and found all the larger vessels and transports assembled there, the wind blowing light from the northeast. On the 23d, I directed Commander Rhind to proceed and explode the vessel right under the walls of Fort Fisher, Mr. Bradford, of the Coast Survey, having gone in at night and ascertained that we could place a vessel of seven feet draught right on the edge of the beach. Lieutenant R. H. Lamson, commanding the Gettysburg, volunteered to go in the Wilderness, Acting Master Henry Arsy in command, and tow the Louisiana into position. At 10.30 P. M. the powder vessel started toward the bar, and was towed by the Wilderness until the embrasures of Fort Fisher were plainly in sight. The Wilderness then cast off, and the Louisiana proceeded under steam until within two hundred yards of the beach and five hundred from the fort. Commander Rhind anchored her securely there and coo