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Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. Successful military operations. prospects of Southern independence. Confederate commissioners. completeness and discipline of U. S. Navy, 1863. position and strength of opposing forces. combined Army and Navy expedition up James and Nansemond Rivers. destruction of blockade-runners Bendigo, ranger, Venus and dare. capture and destruction of U. S. Steamer Underwriter. destruction of blockade-runners wild Dayrell, Nutfield, Dee, Emily, a
e he was endeavoring to get the men in the tug to attend to his orders, the torpedo-boat struck the ship, exploded a torpedo, and made off in the direction of Nansemond River.
Several shots were fired at the torpedo vessel, but she escaped in the darkness.
The concussion caused great excitement on board the frigate.
The drums be