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from him in answer to my inquiries that a retreat was practicable through Eddings's Island if boats and flats could be secured to take the forces across Station creek, I instructed him to select some prudent and trusty person to superintend the collection of the necessary means of transportation at the landing on Eddings's Island. The Rev. Stephen Elliott was chosen to discharge this important duty, and left on Thursday morning for that purpose. Fortunately, Captain Thomas Hankel, Mr. Henry Stuart, and Mr. W. H. Cuthbert, of Beaufort, had already secured a large number of flats at Dr. Jenkins's landing for the purpose of taking them to some point on Eddings's Island for our relief. Mr. Elliott; informed them of the plan agreed upon, and thus, through the co-operation of these gentlemen, and the valuable assistance of Captain Tripp and his command, the evacuation of the island was effected. I communicated the plan of retreat to none save Captain Elliott, the Adjutant and the Qua