and Cushing by Secretary Welles.
capture and destruction of blockade-runners.
operations in sounds of North Carolina.
Confederates invest Washington, N. C., but compelled to retire.
gun-boats engage and silence many batteries on Pamlico River.
names of officers and men who received commendations.
General spinola's testimony in regard to gallant conduct of Navy.
Lieutenant French's expedition.
General Dix evacuates West Point, covered by gun-boats.
expeditions up North, York, and Mattapony Rivers.
cutting out of Confederate steamer Kate from under guns of Fort Fisher.
acts of bravery displayed.
attempt to destroy steamer Hebe.
Lieutenant Cushing cuts out and destroys blockade-runner Alexander Cooper.
destruction of the Venus.
When Acting-Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee succeeded Rear-Admiral Goldsborough in the command of the North Atlantic squadron there was not much left to be done except keeping up a strict blockade of the coast and keepi