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‘ [185] people to set fire to the houses.’ Several were set on fire before he was arrested and brought to Commander Rowan. A curious incident, truly, in war, when the enemy becomes the protector against the senseless injuries inflicted by pretended friends.

The armed men were recalled to their respective vessels. ‘No other houses were destroyed besides those set on fire under the direction of Lieutenant Scroggs of the Wise Legion.’1

The Confederate steamer Forrest, which had been disabled in the engagement at Roanoke Island on the 7th, a gunboat on the stocks, and another vessel with lighter frame had been set on fire at the shipyard by the enemy. Competent persons were sent on shore to destroy boilers and machinery and ways; this done, the vessels withdrew to Cobb's Point. Unsuccessful efforts had been made by other vessels of the flotilla to extinguish the fires on board of the Fanny and the Black Warrior. The latter vessel had on board a large amount of provisions and stores for the Confederate vessels, all of which were burned. The machinery of the Fanny and Sea Bird was destroyed and the armament of those vessels was in part recovered. The fort at Cobb's Point was destroyed, after removing powder, powder tanks, and projectiles, and some of the vessels were then despatched to further thwart the designs of the enemy. Nothing more brilliant in naval ‘dash’ occurred during the entire civil war than appears in this attack.

Lieutenant-Commanding Murray in the Louisiana, accompanied by the Underwriter, the Perry, and the Lockwood, went to Edenton on the 12th. After a reconnoissance of the entrance, the smallest vessel in advance passed up to the

1 Rowan's Report.

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