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le fleet of flag officer Tatnall, who, with the slight force at his disposal, suceedded in annoying the enemy, and without loss accomplished all that could have been reasonably expected of him, and well sustained his previous daring reputation. At Hatteras naval officers were never employed, and those who were captured there, only arrived at night after the first days' bombardment, when it was too late to accomplish anything in the way of defence; and after volunteering their assistance, Capt. Barron only assumed command at the request of the Colonel commanding, when discovering the inadequacy of means to resist the overwhelming force against them, a surrender was agreed upon, and upon him and his naval associates alone is the attempt made, unjustly, to rest the responsibility of a loss of forts they had never seen until the night before their occupation by the enemy. "At every battery where naval officers have had command, and been employed to instruct the men in the exercise of