rs to report to General Wild, had burst her steam-pipe, and was lying disabled in Currituck Sound.
This disaster promised to a prove a serious blow to the success of the expedition, which contemplated cooperation by water.
Besides, it was not improbable that a formidable rebel force might be sent hither from the Blackwater, in which case it would be impossible to retreat or to hold the city for any length of time without the aid of a gunboat.
As no other vessel could be procured from Fortress Monroe in less than a week, General Wild determined to send to Captain Flusser, commanding the naval force at Plymouth, for assistance.
Accordingly, a sail-boat and a loyal pilot having been found, near sunset I set sail for Plymouth, seventy-five miles from Elizabeth City.
A few miles down the river I encountered the privateer Three Brothers — a little stern-wheel canal-boat, used by General Wild to procure wood, and as a transport.
Quartermaster Birdsall, of the First United States, who