Thu Dec 10 1863|
SECNAV telegrams CMDR George F Pearson, Commandant, Portsmouth Navy Yard, NH "Have the Dacotah ready and report when she is ready for orders." Pearson replies via telegram "Your telegram relative to Dacotah received. She will be cleaned with great dispatch and no repairs not done while cleaning put on her. Her officers and men will be retained here."
SECNAV telegrams RADM Hiram Paulding, Commandant, New York Navy Yard, "As several armed vessels are already off, and Mr. Cromwell was mistaken in his telegram to the Department, you need not take the Potomac."
J B Montgomery, Commandant, Charlestown Navy Yard, Massachusetts, telegrams SECNAV "At request of U. S. Marshal Keyes and the collector of Portland, I have armed, manned, and dispatched the prize Ella and Annie in pursuit of the Chesapeake. The prize steamer Cornubia has also been offered, and unless otherwise directed by the Department will be prepared upon arrival at this yard."
J Q Howard, US Consul St John, telegrams SECSTATE "Steamer Chesapeake is at Pubnico Harbor, near Cape Sable, Nova Scotia. Have telegraphed to collectors at Boston, Portland, Eastport. Steamer did not coal at St. John or in Bay of Fundy. Have sent details." it is endorsed "The Navy Department has sent to all the northern yards and to the frigate Niagara, and they will be off to-night. Fox."
SECNAV telegrams CMDR Montgomery, "The Chesapeake is at Pubnico Harbor, near Cape Sable. Send out any steamer first ready to search the coasts in that neighborhood, and if she is found in port to call upon the colonial authorities to seize her for piracy. Answer."
SECNAV telegrams CMDR Craven, USS Niagra, "The captured steamer Chesapeake is at Pubnico Harbor, near Cape Sable. Proceed there with the utmost dispatch and search the whole coast, and if found in port call upon the British authorities to seize her. Answer."
RADM Pauling telegrams SECNAV "The Vicksburg, Sebago, and Grand Gulf have sailed in search of the Chesapeake. Copy of orders to-morrow."
CMDR Pearson telegrams SECNAV "After my telegram of yesterday left I learned that the Agawam had left Portland in pursuit of the Chesapeake, and therefore did not send Commander Murray, and shall not send the Dacotah without your orders."
SECNAV telegrams RADM Paulding "The Chesapeake is at Pubnico Harbor, near Cape Sable. Several vessels have been dispatched to that point, if any of yours have not yet sailed, hold them ready until further orders."
CMDR Andrew A Harwood, Potomac Flotilla, writes SECNAV "I enclose herewith a letter from Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Edward Hooker in relation to passes and permits reported to be granted by Lieutenant [John G.] Baker, commanding U. S. revenue steamer Hercules."
RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV "Commodore [John] Rodgers left Hampton Roads yesterday with the Sangamon and Eutaw at 8 a. m. for Philadelphia. The Itasca left for Washington at the same time.
The Queen arrived here yesterday afternoon to leave ordnance stores and prize crews from Boston on her way to Port Royal and New Orleans."
CDR William Reynolds, USS Vermont, writes RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron "The gunboat Hendrick Hudson, from Boston, bound to Key West, put in here yesterday for repairs to her propeller. She will be detained here some days."
LCDR W P McCann, USS Kennebec, writes CMDR H K Thatcher, SOPA Mobile Bay "I would respectfully submit the following report of the capture of the rebel schooner Marshal J Smith, made on the night of the 9th instant by this vessel:
At 11 p. m., when in 9 fathoms of water and 18 miles east of Mobile Point, we saw a suspicious sail standing to the S. and E. and at once gave chase. The schooner, discovering us, changed her course and hauled more off the land. A shell was then fired near her, but she did not answer our signal lights or heave to until we had closed to within a few hundred yards, when she was boarded. She proved to be, by the statements of Captain Parker and Mr. J. F. Smith, the schooner Marshal J. Smith, Captain Herman Parker, from Mobile Bay, having run out the Swash Channel after dark, and bound to Havana, Cuba; cargo, 260 bales cotton and 3 packages of turpentine. The manifest and other papers had been thrown overboard previous to our taking possession. I placed an officer in charge of the M J. Smith and transferred as prisoners the persons whose names are herewith enclosed. I have preserved whatever papers or writings were found on board for transmission to the judge of the district to which the vessel may be ordered. There was no other vessel in sight or signal distance at the time of this capture. I herewith enclose a complete list of the officers and men of this vessel entitled to share in the prize money that may result from the capture of this vessel.
The following is a list of persons captured with the M J. Smith: Herman Parker (master), H. F. Ericsson (mate), J. F. Smith (super- cargo), Charles Hansell (seaman), Charles Williams (seaman), John Bontof (carpenter), Thomas L. Nelson (seaman), A. E. Olsson (seaman)."
Jason Goudy, Acting Fleet Commander telegrams RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, "I have arrived here with the entire fleet from Eastport under convoy of the Tawah, Peosta, Key West, and Paw Paw. We met the Robb 6 miles below Reynoldsburg Island with a transport loaded with commissary stores, bound to that place to return the troops."