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e calm, and his eyes partially open. His body was sought by a cousin, who was a surgeon in the confederate army. Dr. Walter Coles said the parents of Capt. Coles resided in Spruce street, Philadelphia. Capt. Coles was twenty-three years old in December. Lieut. Col. Frank Anderson succeeded, much to the vexation of our troops, in escaping to the mainland. The bodies of several privates were found in the field — work. The casualties in the rebel forces do not much exceed forty in killed and condition. The master's mate on the Hetzel was killed by a shell. One man was killed on the Morse, whose name I did not learn. The killed and wounded on the fleet do not exceed twenty. Rebel documents. A post report for the month of December, made by Major Hill, in command of Pork Point battery, was found signed by Major Hill, in which he returns three officers absent, captured at Hatteras by the enemy since August twenty-eighth, 1861. These are Capt. L. S. Johnson, Lieuts. J. T. L
em fought most gallantly. I regret exceedingly not being able to send a full report of the killed and wounded, but will send a despatch in a day or two with full returns. I beg leave to enclose a copy of a general order issued by me on the ninth inst. I am most happy to say that I have just received a message from Commodore Goldsborough, stating that the expedition of the gunboats against Elizabeth City and the rebel fleet has been entirely successful. He will, of course, send his returnich was executed, and remained upon duty until relieved by the Ninth New-Jersey. The men and officers under my command, behaved with a coolness that was really surprising for men who were under fire for the first time. On Sunday morning, the ninth inst., I received an order to detail a company to plant the American flag on one of the captured forts on the sea-shore. Yours respectfully, Edw. Ferrero, Col. Fifty-first Regiment N. Y.V. Colonel Lee's report. headquarters Twenty-Seven
October 12th (search for this): chapter 31
me to their work. The engagement will certainly be a long and desperate one, but our cause is good. God being, as I firmly believe, on our side, will give us the victory. With much respect, your obedient servant, Sergeant W. E. Vaughan, Commander Gun No. 5, Pig Point Battery. To John R. Hathaway. Report of Commanding officer, Roanoke Island. General: I have the honor to report the operations that have been constructed under my direction at this post. I took charge on October twelfth, relieving Capt. Dimmick, and found the works in the condition following: Pork Point battery complete, and turned over to its commander. Robles Fishing battery, essentially complete, with six gun-carriages mounted, but no guns, and a small amount of sod-revetments had to be done after I took charge. The barge Superior was in position at Redstone Point, and the barge Nicholas, which now forms part of that battery, was moved out in the stream. Weir's Point battery was nearly c
ise Legion. The latter was mortally wounded, and has since died. The whole work was finished on the afternoon of the eighth inst., after a hard day's fighting, by a brilliant charge in the centre of the island, and a rapid pursuit of the enemy to tnd of the facts that I had ocular demonstration of during the engagement, and since. On the morning of Saturday, the eighth instant, after a bivouac upon the wet ground all night, during which there was a drenching rain, I received orders to take upto the island. The ten companies of Gen. Wise's command numbered about four hundred and fifty men. On the morning of the eighth, Major Fry, with four other companies of the First regiment, and Col. Green's battalion, were sent to the island. Three thousand two hundred and fifty for all duty. From these, five batteries had to be manned, leaving, on the morning of the eighth, only eight hundred and three North-Carolina infantry reported for duty. These had not been paid, or clothed, or fed, or
sword, saying: I give up my sword and surrender to you five thousand men. He thought he had that number, but some were on the mainland, having escaped, and others were reinforcements which he expected, but had not arrived in time to be surrendered. The forces surrendered number about three thousand men. The post includes the whole of Roanoke Island, with batteries mounting over thirty guns, and Fort Forest on the mainland, mounting eight or ten guns. Two large encampments, commenced in August by the Third Georgia regiment, and completed by the rebels now our prisoners, were also surrendered. The camp is composed of wooden quarters for from four to five thousand men, comfortably constructed and shingled over, and in excellent condition. About six thousand of our soldiers encamped in these buildings, with the rebel prisoners, who were assigned quarters, and a guard placed over them. The batteries along shore were abandoned by their garrisons as soon as the knowledge of the cap
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to plant the American flag on one of the captured forts on the sea-shore. Yours respectfully, Edw. Ferrero, Col. Fifty-first Regiment N. Y.V. Colonel Lee's report. headquarters Twenty-Seventh Regt. Mass, Vols., Roanoke Island, February 12, 1862. To His Excellency John A. Andrew: dear sir: I am very sorry to be obliged to report the death of Capt, Hubbard of company I, which occurred this morning. I would recommend to fill the vacancy, First Lieut. Edward K. Wilcox; for First Ll be proud of the troops she has sent into the field. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Col. H. C. Lee, Commanding Twenty-seventh Regiment. Colonel Kurtz's report. headquarters Twenty-Third Massachusetts, Roanoke Island, February 12, 1862. my dear General: You undoubtedly have already read the account of our trip down from Annapolis, our arrival at that worst of all places to get into — Hatteras Inlet — and now you will get an account of our passage up Pamlico Sound, in a
mbined attack upon this island was commenced on the morning of the seventh, by the naval and military forces of this expedition, which has re our prisoners. The fighting commenced on the morning of the seventh inst., at about eleven o'clock, and was continued till dark. The folke Island, February 9, 1862. To Brig.-Gen. Reno: On Friday, the seventh, at five P. M., my regiment disembarked. I formed the line rapidlnd. All day they were assembling, and early on the morning of the seventh, the signal for their advance was given. The command of Gen. Wiseaccommodation for them on the island. Early on the morning of the seventh, eight companies of the Second regiment, Wise Legion, Lieut.-Col. enemy's landing. Under cover of a steamer, on the evening of the seventh, the enemy landed ten thousand men, after having bombarded the forinto water four feet deep, and wade ashore. On the night of the seventh, Capt. Wise with ten of the Blues and ten of the Rangers was on pi
December 9th (search for this): chapter 31
in E. City. I saw some old schooners; asked Mr. Clarke, if he would buy them, and send them down, if I wrote for them. He replied, that he would without delay. I thereafter consulted Col. Wright, who did not consider himself authorized to buy the vessels. I wrote then to Richmond, stating the condition of the defences, and asking for authority to obstruct the channel. I have never received a reply. My letter was received by the chief of the engineer bureau, who, in a letter dated December ninth, stated that my report on the defences had been received, and would be promptly answered. Let me congratulate you and your loyal readers on these events, and myself that I have been an eye-witness of them. Picket. Another account. The following are extracts of a letter, written by the captain of one of the companies in the Tenth Connecticut volunteers: Roanoke Island, February 10, 1862. my dear----: The dread hour of battle has come and passed, and left me unscathed!
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aving the front face finished, and the rear parapet partly built. There were eight guns mounted, four barbette and four embrasure. These guns in embrasure have since been mounted on better carriages, and two of the barbette guns replaced by rifled guns. On or about the fifteenth October, Gen. Hill came here, and upon examination disapproved of the R. F. battery, as too far off, and not in supporting distance of the others. Gen. Hill then went to Norfolk, whence he returned on Sunday, October twentieth. Gen. Hill gave me several orders, verbally and written, relative to the works, and among them directed me to use four of the guns that had been sent here for R. F., at Fort Blanchard; to let Gen. Mann have two guns, with equipments; to build Fort Blanchard without delay, and to mount no guns at Robb's Fishing, till further orders. The orders of Gen. H. have been executed, and the parapet to the barges at Fort Forrest, and the works at Fort Blanchard, and on the eastern side of
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