of the Howqua
at an estimated distance of a mile and a half.
She never made her appearance again; her consort, the Raleigh
, was found, later on, ‘wrecked’ below Wilmington
, from what cause is unknown.
In June Lieutenant William B. Cushing
had received permission to attempt the destruction of the Raleigh
in Wilmington River
He was then in command of the Monticello
, aiding in the blockade.
He thought it prudent to make a thorough reconnoissance to determine the position of the Raleigh
On the night of the 23d he left his command in a ship's boat, taking with him Ensign Jones
's Mate Howarth
, and 15 men, crossed the west bar, passed the forts, then the town and batteries of Smithville
, and pulled swiftly up the river undiscovered.
He was within the river some two days, visited the wreck of the Raleigh
, and coming out effected his escape with his usual gallantry and cleverness.
As auxiliary again to proposed army operations, Commander Macomb
, on July 28th, accompanied the army transports Collyer
up the Chowan
The objects of the expedition were attained, and at Gatesville
the Confederate steamer Arrow
On October 30th, Lieutenant Cushing
wrote as follows: ‘I have the honor to report that the rebel ironclad Albemarle
is at the bottom of Roanoke River
The means by which this was accomplished were a steam launch and a torpedo on the end of a pole, fastened to the bow. On the night of the 27th, he proceeded up the Roanoke River
, where the ram was made fast to a wharf, and for her protection against torpedoes ‘booms’ were secured twenty or thirty feet from her broadside.
The newspapers had gratuitously furnished the enemy with information for weeks before of the daily progress of Cushing