Thu May 25 1865|
CDR T H Patterson, USS James Adger, writes SECNAV from Cape Haitien "On my arrival here I found at anchor the U. S. S. Galatea, Commander S. Nicholson, who had discretionary orders from Commander J. P. Sanford to proceed to Key West for provisions, but owing to the existing revolution on this portion of the island, Commander Nicholson remained here until the arrival of another man-of-war.
This morning I received a communication from the American consul at this place (copy enclosed) requesting me to permit the Galatea to visit the ports of Gonaïves and Port an Prince on her way to Key West. I have sent the Galatea to visit those ports (copy of orders to Commander Nicholson enclosed), and, in view of the unsettled condition of affairs, with further orders to return to this port by the 1st of June, as I will leave here with this vessel on the 2d of that month to meet the mail steamer from Aspinwall."
Arthur Folsom, US Consul, Cape Haitien, writes CDR Patterson "At the urgent request of the U. S. consuls at Port an Prince and Gonaïves that a United States steamer should occasionally visit them during these critical moments of revolution I beg you, if comportable with other services, to order the Galatea to touch at those places before going to Key West. I think American interests require it."
CDR Patterson, SOPA Cape Haitien, writes CDR Nicholson, USS Galatea "Proceed with the U. S. S. Galatea to the ports of Gonaïves and Port an Prince with dispatches which will be sent to you by 3 o'clock this p. m.
On your arrival at the above-named ports communicate with the U. S. consuls and afford American citizens such protection as, in your judgment, is necessary, returning to this port by the 1st of June."
RADM William Radford, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to enclose herein to the Department a copy of a letter from Commander Macomb, with its enclosures.
I would respectfully ask the honorable Secretary what steps I am to take regarding the vessels and cotton therein mentioned as captured, and also of the property now in our possession at Halifax, N. C."
RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, telegrams SECNAV "The Columbia leaves here to-day in tow of Vanderbilt for Hampton Roads, as directed by the Department. I hope she will arrive safely.
Rear-Admiral Godon arrived here on the 20th and left for Port Royal that evening. I gave him an order for the Canonicus and a vessel to tow her."
RADM S K Stribling, East Gulf Blockading Squadron, SECNAV "The Stonewall was turned over to the Spanish authorities by her rebel commander on the 19th instant."
LT John A Jonstone, USS Cornubia, writes CAPT B F Sands, 3rd Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, "I have the honor to report that yesterday afternoon, in obedience to your orders to prevent any of the enemy's boats from boarding the burning wreck of the blockade runner Denbigh until she was completely destroyed, I got underway, and stood into the Bolivar Channel as far as the depth of water would allow, and anchored in 12 feet about 1¼ miles outside the wreck. A schooner which had been at anchor about ½ a mile inside the wreck, on discovering the approach of the Cornubia, got underway and tried to escape into Galveston.
On firing two shots at her, she hauled down her sails, and a part of her crew got into a boat and escaped to the beach.
I then sent an armed boat under command of Acting Ensign Frank Millett, of this ship, to board her and bring her out if possible. On boarding her, Mr. Millett found that she had drifted ashore on Bird Key Spit, and had bilged and lost her rudder. Finding it impossi- ble to get her off, he threw overboard a 24-pounder howitzer, with which she was armed, and brought four men, whom he found on board of her; also 5 carbines, 5 new Enfleld rifles, a steering compass, and a rebel flag.
She proved to be the schooner Le Compt, the rebel guard boat stationed at Galveston.
During last night she beat over the spit, and now lies a wreck on Bolivar Point beach."
LCDR James P Foster, 3rd District, Mississippi Squadron writes RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, "I return the communication for Colonel Sprague, as he has returned up the river.
I yesterday ordered the Gazelle to Baton Rouge with the rebel generals Buckner and Price, who came down Red River and desired to see General Canby to negotiate a surrender, if they were offered terms which they would accept.
I do not know what their terms are, but I have no doubt, from what I can learn, that there will be an immediate surrender."