ove relate, generally, to the defeat of an attack by the enemy's fleet alone Should a combined attack be made by land and water, other orders can be issued, as nothing of that kind can be done by surprise.
The present circular will be studied and reflected upon by all officers who will be engaged in this honorable duty of the coming defence.
With careful attention, coolness and skillful gunnery, success is far more than possible. R. S. Ripley, Brigadier-General Commanding. Official: Wm. F. Nanee, Acting-Assistant Adjutant-General.
Commander (now Rear-Admiral) John H. Upshur.
We think we have established that Admiral Dupont was right in the conclusions which he submitted to the Navy Department immediately after the engagement of the 7th of April.
The public, knowing that he retired from his command directly after this affair, might suppose that some blame was attached to him.
Dupont was too popular an officer to be treated with injustice, and in the course of a month it