36.-seizure of the Planter.
Flag-officer Du Pont's report.
flag-ship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., May 14, 1862.
sir: I enclose a copy of a report from Commander E. G. Parrott, brought here last night by the late rebel steam-tug Planter, in charge of an officer and crew from the Augusta.
She was the armed despatch and transportation steamer attached to the Engineer Department at Charleston under Brig.--Gen. Ripley, whose barge a short time since was brought out to the blockading fleet by several contrabands.
The bringing out this steamer, under all the circumstances, would have done credit to any one.
At four in the morning, in the absence of the captain, who was on shore, she left her wharf, close to the government office and headquarters, with Palmetto and confederate flag flying — passed the successive forts, saluting, as usual, by blowing her steam-whistle.
After getting beyond the range of the last gun she quietly hauled down the rebel flags and ho