Thu Jan 16 1862|
LT Temple, USS Flambeau, writes to SECNAV that he is convinced the Gladiator is transshipping her cargo of arms to smaller vessels that will run the blockade. He will remain a few days longer to verify this and then depart in the hopes of catching one of the smaller vessels. He does not think continuing his stay in the Bahamas will gain any more understanding from the people there.
LT Worden reports to CAPT Paulding and SECNAV for command of the USS Monitor
CAPT Marston, USS Roanoke, writes to FO Goldsborough, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, that the French ship Pomone, arrived from New York. Courtesies were exchanged including 13 gun salute which was returned. The ship is the flagship of the Newfoundland Squadron. The Catinat is still in port
FO DuPont, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, orders CDR Le Roy, USS Keystone State, to Fernandina island to relieve the Bienville.
CDR Marchand, USS John Adger, orders LT Baxter, U. S. Bark Gem of the Sea, to assume command of forces off Georgetown, S. C. while he returns to Port Royal for coal.
BGEN Sherman and FO DuPont write back and forth with Sherman indicating that the time is now to take savannah as although guns are in place, they have not been mounted. He desires to take Savannah before the guns are mounted. Du Pont concurs.Sherman then states that they captured two citizens who will be missed by their large families and if so, Union forces must surely be found out and the Georgians will then hastily finish their defensive works.
CDR Emmons, USS Hatteras, write to FO McKean, Gulf Blockading Squadron, that he has successfully attacked Cedar Keys, FL. capturing numerous supplies, boats, and taken several Prisoners of war. 4 of the Prisoners have the measles and so he had them sign a parole that they would not take arms against the United States until exchanged. Among the items captured or burned were: "...a battery of two long eighteens in position on the east end of Sea Horse Key, a 6-pounder field piece in Depot Key, with the railroad depot and wharf, several cars, telegraph office, and a turpentine storehouse, besides four schooners and three sloops, one ferry scow, sailboat, and launch." and without the loss of life. He also writes to the Commander of Military Forces in Florida saying "The fortune of war has placed in my hands some of your military force stationed here. Among them there are four, named Benjamin Gatlin, B. J. Simmons, J. S. Poer, and John Canton, who have the measles and are so much
debilitated that they might never survive the severe change of climate they would be subject to in going upon our coast.
FO Foote, Western Waters, writes SECNAV, that the7 gunboats have been finished and put in commission today. He is need of a crew for them.