Doc. 111. loss of the Housatonic.
Charleston, S. C., June 10, 1864.Since the destruction of the Housatonic, at Charleston, nothing has been heard of Captain Dixon and his crew, by whom the act was accomplished. The following letter on the subject is addressed to Major-General Maury:
Office Submarine defence, Charleston, April 29, 1864.General — The United States sloop of war Housatonic was attacked and destroyed by Lieutenant Dixon and crew on the night of the seventeenth of February.1 Since that time no information has been received of either boat or crew. I am of the opinion that the torpedo being placed at the bow of the boat, she went into the hole made in the Housatonic by explosion of the torpedo, and did not have power sufficient to back out, consequently sunk with her. I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,