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Charleston, S. C., May 18th, 1876.
The fish-torpedo was brought by rail from Mobile. The main feature in her construction was, she could be submerged and raised at pleasure, and had sufficient air pumped in to last her crew some hours. After several trial-trips she was turned over to the navy, and a crew was placed on board. While lying at the wharf at Fort Johnson, with the man-holes off, a steamer passed, and the waves from her wheel filled the boat. The officer who was standing in the hatchway escaped, but the crew were unable to get out, and were all drowned. She was raised, and a volunteer crew went on board and went down under the United States naval receiving-ship Mackinaw to experiment in placing a torpedo; by some derangement of her lifting power she did not come up, and was not recovered for eight or ten hours. It is supposed some eight or nine men were drowned in her. The officer who planned and had her built then came on from Mobile, and obtained a volunteer crew to go with him to blow up one of the United States vessels off the bar; he was successful in destroying the Housatonic, but again she remained submerged. Whether she was sunk by one of the propeller blades, or the machinery again became deranged, no one knows. I think the latter was the cause. I have heard she has been found lying near the Housatonic, but cannot believe this, or she would have been raised, if only to rescue the bodies of the gallant fellows who went down in her.


Telegram.

Charleston, S. C., Feb. 19th, 1864:7.30 P. M.
Genl. Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.:
General Finegan reports ten regiments—at least one mounted—of enemy in his front. Am reinforcing Finegan to utmost practicable extent. It is essential to have them in immediate command of officer accustomed to handle troops in battle. General Hill has not arrived or been heard from. I propose to send General Taliaferro at once; he should be promoted—has earned it. I will go thither in due season. Resources of that section too large and vital to be lost. General Gilmer has been directed, as instructed, to repair at once to Mobile.


Charleston, S. C., S Feb. 26th, 1864.
Genl. Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.:
Telegram from General Anderson just received from Tallahassee. He is en route for East Florida. I will probably go there, nevertheless, if the enemy be still in force.


Assume command of the forces in Florida. Troops now en route will form another brigade, which, with Finegan's, will give a division to General Gardner, if he feels able to take the field. I expect to be with you soon.


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