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Admiral Porter to know that I expect to be ready to move about the fifteenth; that I have one head of column across Savannah River at this point, will soon have another at Port Royal Ferry, and expect to make another crossing at Sister's Ferry. I still adhere to my plan, submitted to General Grant, and only await provisions and forage. . . . . I am, with respect, etc., W. T. Sherman, Major-General. flag-steamer Harvest Moon, Port Royal Harbor, Jan. 22, 1865. Despatch No. 83. Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: The Department is already advised by my previous letters, and no doubt more fully by intelligence from the War Department, of the precise object of General Sherman's operation. To assist in this, a diversion is to be made upon Charleston, though General Sherman is directly opposed to any direct attack, from seaward, upon the harbor or upon James Island. General Foster will not, therefore, engage in any thing of the kind, but will, conjointly with me,
er gradual edging to the leeward, leading us to suppose she was seeking men who were drifting in the current, and then taking advantage of the hazy weather to make off, while our boats were out busy in rescuing the larger part of the prisoners who were struggling in the water. It was my mistake at the moment that I could not recognize an enemy who, under the garb of a friend, was affording assistance. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, John A. Winslow, Captain. Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of Navy, Washington, D. C. Letter from Surgeon J. M. Browne. United States steamer Kearsarge, deal roads, England, July 23, 1864. dear sir: I deem it appropriate to acquaint you with certain details appertaining to the engagement and its results between this vessel and the Alabama. The gun's crews were instructed in the application of tourniquets made for the occasion, and an ample supply furnished each division. Cots for the transportation of the wounded wer