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einforcements arrived or the property was removed—or, at least, until the work of destruction was completed—Paulding decided to burn the principal buildings, and abandon the Yard.
For this purpose parties were hurriedly organized; one under Commander Alden to prepare the storehouses and workshops; another under Commander Sands for the ship-houses; a third to distribute combustibles among the sinking vessels; and a fourth, under Commander John Rodgers, assisted by Captain Wright, to blow up there two in the morning, the reports came from the various parties that all was ready.
A little delay was occasioned at this point by the Commandant of the Yard.
The veteran Commodore, with obstinate gallantry, refused to leave his post.
Finally Alden was sent to bring him off. All the officers and men were withdrawn except eight, who were divided among the three firing parties.
The Pawnee left the wharf, took the Cumberland in tow, and started down the river.
Two boats were left behind, one