was also engaged in the brilliant affair of destroying the enemy's fleet by Captain Rowan
Of this he says:—
We had the other day a short but desperate affair at Elizabeth City; the fighting was mainly hand to hand, and little quarter was given or asked.
One boat-load of Southern sailors was pulling towards the shore, when one of our gunboats exploded a nine-inch shrapnel amongst them, and only one man escaped out of the twenty or thirty in the boat.
. . . . It is pleasant to hear the Captain talk about his home and his children, and how glad he shall be to see them when the war is over, and what a pride he takes in them all. The old sailors say it is worth five dollars to hear the Captain's voice in a fight.
To show how considerate he is during the battle: I was standing near him, and a shell came whistling over our heads.
I nodded, but the Captain did n't budge an inch.
Seeing that I felt rather ashamed, he turned to me and said, “No man can help dodging; I dodge myself.”
I watched him through the action, and he was the only man that did not dodge.
From Roanoke Island General Burnside
and the fleet turned to Newbern
, which was captured after a brisk engagement.
was during this action with Captain Rowan
, who had succeeded Commodore Goldsborough
in command of the Sound
He continued in his duties as signal officer for about a year, serving in all the active operations of the army in North Carolina
with energy and bravery.
Upon the Goldsborough expedition he served as signal officer upon the staff of his friend General Stevenson
During this time the exposure to the damps, chills, and heats of the insidious marshes of North Carolina
was by degrees undermining a naturally strong constitution.