S.—Whoever receives this first, please send a copy to the other immediately.
On April 16th, Rear-Admiral Dupont wrote to the Secretary of the Navy as follows:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt this morning, by the Freeborn, of your communication of the 11th inst., directing the maintaining of a large force off Charleston, to menace the rebels and keep them in apprehension of a renewed attack in the event of our repulse.
The Department will probably have known, on the 12th instant, the result of the attack In my despatch of the 11th instant, dated off Charleston, the Department was made aware of my withdrawal with the ironclads, from the very insecure anchorage inside the bar, and just in time to save the monitors from an easterly gale, in which, in my opinion and that of their commanders, they would have been in great peril of being lost on Morris Island beach.
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