vessels had no harbor, and these operations outside were attended by extreme difficulties.
It was a season of gales upon which the enemy relied to break up operations against him. ‘We will see; we have gone through the worst of it, have held on through gales heavy enough to drive anything to sea, and we have sustained no damage whatever.’
In a subsequent report he informs the Department that Major-General Terry
arrived at Beaufort, N. C.
, on the 8th of January, in command of a co-operating army force, and a plan of operations had been agreed upon that had resulted in success.
Heavy weather set in about the time of Terry
's arrival, which lasted for forty-eight hours, although the large vessels of war lying off the harbor were exposed to its full force; with furious seas setting in on a lee shore, they rode out the gales without accident; some of the heavier transports, with troops, were also lying with them; ammunition and coal had been taken on board, notwithstanding all of the difficulties, and on the 12th of January the fleet had sailed in three columns, accompanied by the transports.
led the first line, followed in order by the Mohican
, Kansas, Yantic
, Pawtuxet, Seneca
, and Nereus
, thirteen vessels.
led the second line, followed in order by the Colorado
, Wabash, Susquehanna
, Powhatan, Juniata, Shenandoah
, Mackinaw, and Tuscarora
, eleven heavy vessels.
The Santiago de Cuba
led the third line, followed in order by the Fort Jackson
, Chippewa, Cuyler
, Rhode Island
, Monticello, Alabama
, and Iosco
, twelve vessels.
led the reserve division, followed in order by