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ment. His name is Capt. L. S. Johnson. A memorandum, found in the enemy's works, shows the strength of the rebel position at Roanoke Island: In batteries,36 In the naval squadron,11--47 On the Curlew,2 Sea Bird,2 Raleigh,1 Commodore Lynch,2 Fanny,2 Post Boy,2 Three other vessels are known to be at other points on the sound, whose force is not given. Five of these guns are rifled. The following letter, in lead-pencil, was found within the work which was bombarded: R. I., February 7th, 1862. dear sir: The enemy are in sight of our battery, and have already twenty-three steamers and twenty-six transports moored this side of the marshes. We are all ready for them, and expect to give them a good thrashing, and send them home to their work. The engagement will certainly be a long and desperate one, but our cause is good. God being, as I firmly believe, on our side, will give us the victory. With much respect, your obedient servant, Sergeant W. E. Vaug
I have further directed that a white flag be displayed from the premises, to indicate that the place is not occupied for military purposes, and that the guard there stationed is entitled to the immunities which are accorded to the flag by all civilized nations. H. G. Wright, Brig.-Gen. Commanding. The following additional order was also issued: Douglas House, March 6, 1862. This property, belonging originally to Gen. Nathaniel Greene, a Revolutionary hero and a native of Rhode Island, is now,the property of his grandson, Mr. Nightingale. It is hereby ordered and enjoined upon all who may visit this place to hold everything about the place sacred, and in no case disturb or take away any article without a special order from Flag-Officer Du Pont or Gen. Wright. [Signed] John Rodgers, Charles Stedman, Commanders United States Navy. [Approved] S. F. Du Pont, H. G. Wright. The following order was published for the benefit of the inhabitants of Fernandina:
, and a ditch was dug around the graves to facilitate digging, and the bodies were again uncovered. The dead were all found buried with their faces downward, as a mark of foul indignity, and thus lay in one red burial blent. Poor fellows! the tears gushed from the eyes of the troopers as they reverently gazed upon their dead comrades in arms. The body of Capt. Tower was identified by Col. Arnold, who stood by the side of the grave, and who was one of the most earnest among all the saddened group in his endeavors to recognise his remains. It is a matter of congratulation that, guided by the directions of Messrs. Richardson and Clark, the precise locality of each of the remains recovered was satisfactorily determined, and it is to be regretted that the party who, as I am informed, left Rhode Island for the purpose of identifying the remains of Lieut. Prescott, failed for some reason, to join this expedition, and consequently no guide was at hand to aid in finding his remains.
, ready to fight or salute, as might be necessary. At a quarter-past ten o'clock a squad of men from the garrison, detailed by Col. White for the purpose, cast loose the halliards and hauled down the rebel flag. Ten minutes later four of the Rhode Island boys hoisted the American ensign, the glorious Stars and Stripes, to the mast-head, and a great cheer broke from our men, which was caught up and echoed by the sailors on ship-board, and even the citizens over the harbor, in Beaufort, whose loof the steamer Union which went ashore on Bogue beach and was wrecked at the time of the Port Royal expedition. The flag of the confederates was presented by Gen. Burnside to the Fifth battalion, to be transmitted to Gov. Sprague for the State of Rhode Island. But for the accident that the Fifth had relieved the Eighth Connecticut the previous evening, the captured flag would have gone to grace the legislative halls at Hartford. A message was despatched at once for the Fourth Rhode Island,
r had little headboards placed at the head of their respective graves and marked; none of them had the appearance of having been disturbed. The evidence of that distinguished and patriotic citizen, Hon. William Sprague, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, confirms and fortifies some of the most revolting statements of former witnesses. His object in visiting the battle-field was to recover the bodies of Col. Slocum and Major Ballou, of the Rhode Island regiment. He took out with him sevthe office of the Sergeant-at-arms of the House of Representatives, which had been converted to such a purpose, and which had been found on the person of one of the rebel prisoners taken in a recent conflict. The testimony of Gov. Sprague, of Rhode Island, is most interesting. It confirms the worst reports against the rebel soldiers, and conclusively proves that the body of one of the bravest officers in the volunteer service was burned. He does not hesitate to add that this hyena desecration