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[464] These losses must greatly lessen the means of the rebel authorities to export cotton, obtain supplies, and sustain their credit, and thus dispirit and weaken them very much.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, yours,

S. P. Lee, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding N. A. B. Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.


Report of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Edward F. Devens.

United States steamer Aries, off Little River, January 12, 1864.
sir: I would most respectfully report that the steamer stranded between Tubb's Inlet and Little River is the blockade-runner Vesta. Boarded her this A. M., made a hawser fast to her, but on examining her found her whole starboard side opened and several of the plates split; took two anchors from her, which was all we could save. The-Vesta was exactly like the Ceres. I left her a complete wreck, with five feet of water in her; her boats lay on the beach, badly stove.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Edward F. Devens, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant, Commanding. Acting Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee, Commanding N. A. B. Squadron.

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