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to be in the woods not very far distant, and most of the inhabitants are said to be about fourteen or sixteen miles back, encamped. I have sent the Potomaka and Pocahontas up the river as far as they could go to reconnoitre. There is a schooner of considerable size on the stocas, unfinished. Fires have been burning about us, but I believe it is the brush being consumed; not have I noticed, as far as the people are concerned, that they are willing to follow the advice of Messrs. Toombs and Cobb by placing the torch in the hands of the children to consume their property. All that is done in that way seems to be done by order of military commanders, who, having no local interest in the neighborhood of their commands, have the heroism to consume the property in which they have no immediate interest. I am, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, S. W. Gordon, Commander and Ser for Officer, Flag Officer S. F. Dupont, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading equidion. F