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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
forage, provisions and ammunition, and landing them safely at Yorktown. In the latter part of May, Lieutenant-Commander James H. Gillis participated in an expedition with Brigadier-General Kilpatrick in Matthews County. The object of the expedition was to mount all the dismounted men in Kilpatrick's command. Lieutenant-Commander Gillis took on board the Commodore Morris 100 men from the 4th Delaware Volunteers, under Major La Mott, and with the Winnissimmet in company proceeded to North River, where he arrived at half-past 5 P. M. Here were captured 300 horses, 150 head of cattle and a large number of sheep. At the same time the troops destroyed all the property that could be of any use to the Confederates. A large amount of property was destroyed in these raids. It was impossible to discriminate, and, in consequence, a great many innocent people suffered. One of the mail-boats (the Swan) was fired upon by a party of Confederate raiders, on York River, below West Point