opy of the general order which is to be read in the fleet to-morrow morning at muster.
A detailed account of this battle will be submitted hereafter. I have the honor to be, very respectfully your most obedient servant, S. F. DuPony, Flag-officer Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
P. S.--The bearer of dispatches will also carry with him the first American ensign
raised upon the soll of South Carolina since the rebellion broke out N. F. DuP. To the Hon. Gidson Wells, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
Flag-Ship Wabass, off Hilton Head, Port Royal Bay, Nov. 8, 1861.
It is the grateful duty of the Commander in Chief to make public acknowledgement of his entire commendation of the cool ess, discipline, skill, and gallantry displayed by the officers and men under his command, in the capture of the batteries on Hilton Head and Bay Point, after an action of four hours duration.
The Flag Officer fully sympathizes with the officers