t the iron-clads can be, or will have been, dispatched to the Gulf when this reaches you. There is intense anxiety in regard to your operations.
This day is the anniversary of the assault on Sumter, and God grant that its recurrence may witness the destruction of that fortress by our naval forces under your command.
I am very respectfully,
Your obedient servant, Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Rear-Admiral S. F. Dupont, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron, Port Royal, S. C.
President Lincoln was greatly disturbed at the want of success at Charleston, and sent the following communications to Admiral Dupont:
Executive Mansion, Washington, April 13, 1863.
Hold your position inside the bar near Charleston; or, if you shall have left it, return to it and hold it till further orders.
Do not allow the enemy to erect new batteries or defences on Morris Island.
If has begun it, drive him out. I do not herein order you to renew the general attack.