in command of the Daylight
in the Georgia
in the Chippewa
, and Cavendy
in the Gemsbok
, took part in the bombardment for several hours, when the sea grew too rough to manage their guns.
In order to secure the forces on the sounds from an attack from Norfolk
was directed to block additionally tile Chesapeake
and Albemarle Canal.
For this purpose he left Elizabeth City
, on the 23d of April, with the Whitehead
, and Putnam
, and at the month of the river met the Shawsheen
with a schooner in tow filled with sand.
The vessel was sunk near the entrance of the canal, and some fifty yards in length was filled in with trunks of trees, stumps, and brushwood.
On his return he assisted Colonel Hawkins
in destroying Confederate, commissary star stores on the Chowan
, which was effected on the 7th of May.
Lieutenant William B. Cushing
had been given command of the steamer Ellis
and was employed in blockading New River Inlet
, which he entered on the 23d of November, 1862, with the object of going to Jacksonville
, destroying any salt works found, and capturing such vessels as he might find.
Five miles up he sighted a vessel with a cargo of cotton and turpentine, which was on the and abandoned by the enemy.
At 1 P. M. he reached the town, thirty-five miles from the mouth of the river, where twenty-five stand of arms, a large mail, and two schooners were captured.
At 2.30 P. M. the Ellis
started down the river; at five an encampment was seen near the banks and thoroughly shelled.
At the point where the vessel was burned as he ascended the enemy opened fire with rifles, but was soon silenced.
The two pilots on board agreed that high water and daylight were essential to take the Ellis
out of the inlet.
She was anchored, the prizes brought alongside, and preparation made to repel attack.
At daylight the Ellis
was got under way, and at the worst