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elles, Secretary of the Navy : sir: I have the honor to enclose the articles of capitulation agreed upon at the surrender of the forts at the Inlet of Hatteras, North Carolina. If the Department have any orders, I should be pleased to receive them at New York. Respectfully, your obedient servant, S. H. Stringham, Flag-ofilot; light airs from south and east, with a ground swell. Tuesday, 27th--Light airs from south and east, with a heavy ground swell. At half-past 9, A. M., Cape Hatteras light in sight, rounded the shoals off Hatteras, and at five P. M. anchored at the southward of the cape — the squadron in company. Hoisted out the surf-boatsof the blockading squadron had left in the cordon which had been drawn upon the seaward side of Secessia. Hatteras Inlet is something like eighteen miles from Cape Hatteras, and to the southward thereof. It is a narrow gap, with a very intricate channel, through the sand beach which is a sort of natural outwork of the coast of No
nder can produce the best of references. For my courage and that of my crew, I refer to Lieut. Crosby, now of the Pembina, Capt. Rowan, and Lieuts. Maxwell and Eastman, of the Pawnee, under whose immediate command I have been. J. H. Morrison. Mr. Potter, Chairman of the Investigating Committee of the House of Representatives, called the attention of the Navy Department to a statement in the newspapers that Capt. J. H. Morrison, of the steamer Fanny, captured by the Confederates off Cape Hatteras, was imprisoned at Fortress Monroe for refusing to take the oath of allegiance, and inquired if the statement was true in whole or in part. The Department replied as follows: Navy Department, October 9, 1861. sir: Your letter of the 8th instant, relative to the newspaper reports concerning the master of the steamer Fanny, has been received. The steamer alluded to was not at the time of her capture in the service of this Department, and has never been employed by it; and the sa
obedient servant, J. L. Lardner, Captain. To Flag-officer L. M. Goldsborough, &c., &c. Report of Commander Braine. United States ship Monticello, off Cape Hatteras, October 5, 1861. sir: I have the honor to inform you that, in obedience to your order of this morning, I stood through the inner channel of Hatteras shoalsobedient servant, Lieutenant D. L. Braine, Commanding United States steamer Monticello. To Captain J. L. Lardner, Commanding U. S. steamer Susquehanna, off Cape Hatteras, N. C. New York Herald narrative. Hatteras Inlet, October 7. On the morning of the 4th inst., about daylight, the lookouts of Colonel Brown's encampme at anchor to protect the troops against such superior numbers as were supposed to be in pursuit of them. He at the same time ordered the Monticello to double Cape Hatteras, and proceed close along the shore, and see if he could discover any traces of the enemy. He had proceeded but a short distance when the rebels were discovere
he positions assigned them. Having received our orders to join the fleet, we did so, having the Brandywine still in tow, and taking up a position in the rear of the main column. Late on Wednesday afternoon we encountered a severe gale off Cape Hatteras, which at one time threatened to do serious damage to the flag-ship of the fleet. The thorough sea-going qualities of the Bienville enabled her to ride the gale out safely, but Capt. Steedman deemed it his duty to lay to during the early par being ahead, and several vessels six to ten miles ahead. About forty vessels in sight. Noon.--The vessels of the fleet have resumed their position of yesterday, the Wabash in the lead, off Chicamacomico Inlet. Three o'clock P. M.--Off Cape Hatteras, but cape not in sight. Course southwest. Weather clear, wind moderate, and sea not very rough. Six P. M.--Wind increasing and sea rough. Thursday, October 31.--A high wind from the southwest prevailed all night. Headway slow; making
Doc. 181. Gov. Taylor's proclamation, at Hatteras, N. C., Nov. 20, 1861. To the People of North Carolina: On Monday, the 18th of November, 1861, a provisional or temporary Government for this Commonwealth was instituted at Hatteras, Hyde County, by a convention of the people, in which more than half the counties of the State were represented by delegates and authorized proxies. Ordinances were adopted by the Convention declaring vacant all State offices the incumbents whereof have disqualified themselves to hold them by violating their official oaths to support the Constitution of the United States, which North Carolina has solemnly accepted as the supreme law of the land; pronouncing void and of no effect the ordinance of secession from the Federal Union, passed by the Convention assembled at Raleigh, May 20, 1861; continuing in full force the Constitution and laws of the State, as contained in the revised code of 1855-6, together with all subsequent acts not inconsistent