Special orders and instructions.
The following special orders were written on a similar sheet of paper, and on detached slips, the whole disclosing the diabolical plans of the leaders of the expedition:
Guides and pioneers, with oakum, turpentine and torpedoes, signal-officer, quartermasters, commissaries, scouts and pickets, and men in rebel uniforms — these will remain on the north bank and move down with the force on the south bank, not get ahead of them, and if the communication can be kept up without giving an alarm, it must be done; but every thing depends upon a surprise, and no one must be allowed to pass ahead of the column; information must be gathered in regard to the crossings of the river, so that, should we be repulsed on the south side, we will know where to recross at the nearest point.
All mills must be burned and the canal destroyed, and also every thing which can be used by the rebels must be destroyed, including the boats on the river.
Should a ferry-boat be seized which can be worked, have it moved down.
Keep the force on the south side posted of any important movement of the enemy, and in case of danger, some of the scouts must swim the river and bring us information.
As we approach the city, the party must take great care that they do not get ahead of the other party on the south side, and must conceal themselves and watch our movements.
We will try and secure the bridge to the city, one mile below Belle Isle
, and release the prisoners at the same time.
If we don't succeed they must then dash down, and we will try to carry the bridge by storm.
When necessary the men must be filed through the woods and along the river bank.
The bridge once secured and the prisoners loose and over the river, the bridges will be burned and the city destroyed.