back eight miles to our boats without a single shot from the enemy.’
This will remind the older reader of the very many ‘victories’ of like import that came daily, and filled the columns of the newspapers, taxing credulity to the utmost.
It is only fair to say that the narrators were quite as frequently of the National
as of the Confederate forces.
, commanding the — Monticello
, blockading the western entrance to Cape Fear River
, on the night of the 29th of February visited Smithville
with two boats manned by twenty men. His object was to capture the commanding officer
, and to carry out any vessel that might be at anchor near by. He landed directly in front of the hotel, captured some negroes to gain information, after which, accompanied by Ensign Jones
, Mate Howarth
, and one seaman, proceeded to General Herbert
's headquarters, across the street from the barracks, supposed to contain a thousand men. Cushing
says: ‘The party captured the chief-engineer
of these defences, but found the general had gone to Wilmington
the same day. The adjutant-general escaped from the door after severely wounding his hand; but thinking that a mutiny was in progress, took to the woods with a great scarcity of clothing and neglected to turn out the garrison.’
The boats were within fifty yards of the fort, and within the same distance of a sentinel.
brought off his prisoner and was abreast of Fort Caswell
before signal was made that boats were in the harbor.
On April 18, 1864, in command of the Miami
, at Plymouth, N. C.
reported as follows: ‘We have been fighting here all day. About sunset the enemy made a general advance along our whole line.
They have been repulsed. . . . The rain [Albemarle] will be down to-night or tomorrow.
I fear for the protection of the town.
I shall ’