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on board U. S. Steamer Cossack Hatteras Inlet, February 4.
Monday has passed and no movement has yet taken place, but our preparations have evidently been made more complete. Yesterday and to-day the vessels to be towed in by steamers were hauled into positions astern of their respective steamers. On Monday morning, about eight o'clock, a small sail-boat was seen on the horizon toward the mainland, after which one of the gunboats went immediately. The boat made no effort to escape, and was taken to the flag-ship of Commodore Goldsborough. There were nineteen negroes on board of her, who were taken on board the flag-ship. They are refugees from the mainland, from the neighborhood of Middletown; they bring no important information. It is generally believed that there will be numerous instances of failing courage on the part of the rebels similar to those which have already occurred. The North-Carolinians may be true to the Union, but they are going to make as few sacrifices for either side of the question as they possibly can. They have been compelled to enter the service of Jeff. Davis, but they will require an equal amount of compulsion before they take sides for the Union.

An officer came on board on Monday evening, and delivered verbal orders to be ready for departing, as we should sail as soon as the weather permitted. All day to-day we have had excellent weather, with the exception of light foggy vapors, which blew off toward noon.

Gen. Burnside's General orders.

The subjoined address to the soldiers, issued in the form of a general order, is characteristic of Gen. Burnside. It breathes the broad-hearted humanity that all feel to be a large element in his nature who have even the slightest intercourse with him. It also shows the confidence he reposes in his troops, it being an appeal to the humanity and honor of the men composing his army:

Address to the troops.

headquarters Department of North-Carolina, Pamlico Sound February 3, 1862.
General orders, No. 5.

This expedition being about to land on the soil of North-Carolina, the General Commanding desires his soldiers to remember that they are here to support the Constitution and the laws, to put down rebellion, and to protect the persons and property of the loyal and peaceable citizens of the State. In the march of the army, all unnecessary injuries to houses, barns, fences, and other property will be carefully avoided, and in all cases the laws of civilized warfare will be carefully observed.

Wounded soldiers will be treated with every care and attention, and neither they nor prisoners must be insulted or annoyed by word or act.

With the fullest confidence in the valor and the character of his troops, the General Commanding looks forward to a speedy and successful termination of the campaign.

Sailing orders.

This evening the subjoined orders were delivered to the Colonel of the Fifty-first Pennsylvania. Similar orders have been issued by the generals of the first and third brigades. To-morrow morning we sail without doubt.

headquarters Second brigade, Department of North-Carolina, steamer Patuxent, February 4.
General orders, No. 8.

The following orders have been issued from headquarters, Department of North-Carolina:


To Weigh Anchor.--The Union Jack at the foremast with the brigade flag (blue letter A in the centre) underneath, with American flag at the stern, shall be the signal for weighing anchor and starting.

Coming to Anchor.--The American flag at the foremost shall be the signal for coming to anchor, the vessels of each brigade close to each other. In a fog the signal for coming to anchor shall be two whistles from the flag-ship, repeated at intervals of one minute. This signal will be repeated by the flag-ship of each brigade.

Landing.--Preparatory, Union Jack at the fore mast; getting into boats, American flag under neath Union Jack; landing, brigade flag under neath Union Jack and American flag.

Distress.--American flag Union down. At this signal the whole fleet will slacken speed and look for the signal to anchor. All the tugs and light-draft vessels will be sent at once to the assistance of the disabled vessels by the commander of each brigade.

By order,

J. L. Reno, Brigadier-General. Edward M. Neill, Asst. Adj.-Gen.

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