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The Daily Dispatch: September 2, 1863., [Electronic resource], The capture of gunboats on the Rappahannock. (search)
er and the plan of attack made known. There being two of them, it became necessary to divide our forces, and consequently Lt. Wood, in the second cutter, and Lieut. Hudgins, in the first, were to attack one, while Lieut. Hoge and Midshipman Gardner, in the third and fourth cutters, were to take the other. Each man had a white bam from the enemy. Everything being in readiness, the four boats pulled towards the steamers in line of battle. I was in Mr. Wood's party, in the boat with Lieutenant Hudgins. We pulled slowly and silently on. When within about fifty yards the sentinel on deck sang out his "boat ahoy."--Mr. Wood answered in some unintelligible w; in a few minutes the vessel was ours and the crew had surrendered. Lt. Wood, followed by Midshipman-Goodwin, were first upon the decks upon their side, while Lt. Hudgins and Mr. Wilson led the way on ours. The whole was over almost with the rapidity of thought. Just as the decks were ours sharp firing was heard upon the R
prepared for a fight. Lieut. Wood was on board the Satellite, and, Mr. Hoge being wounded, Lieut. Hudgins, the second officer in command, was put in charge of the Reliance. He was ordered to followe first gray streak of day appeared in the east the Satellite moved out, followed closely by Lieut. Hudgins. The run up occupied some three hours, and a little after sunrise we dropped the anchors ofnd then found her so disabled as to be of little use before extensive repairs could be made. Lt. Hudgins was therefore sent back with her, and we went on alone. This was Sunday night. It was 11to run down the river.--The schooners were made ready for burning, and instructions left with Lt. Hudgins to take charge of them and apply the match should the enemy force us to retire. Tuesd river. The odds were too great for the former, and so we headed for Urbanna. Meantime Lieut. Hudgins had arrived with the Reliance, and was coaling from the schooner. Upon nearing them a boat