Tue Mar 08 1864|
CAPT O S Glisson, USS Mohican writes SECNAV "I have to report to the honorable Secretary of the Navy that I have arrived at this port and have received the enclosed communication from our consul, Thomas F. Wilson. esq., and shall sail immediately for Cape St. Augustine [Brazil]. While writing this the U. S. ship Onward has come in from a cruise to the northward of this port."
COL L C Baker, USA Agent, War Dept., writes SECWAR "Herewith I have the honor to forward a statement furnished by one of my agents, who has been in Upper Canada for some two months. The statement can be relied upon as being true in every particular:
There is now lying in Rondean Harbor, about 17 miles from Chatham, Canada West, a fore-and-aft schooner named the Montreal, commanded by one Captain Whithy, formerly a lieutenant in the Confederate Navy. She has on board two 24-pounders, a quantity of ammunition, arms chests, cutlasses, boarding pikes, etc. She has also a crew of fourteen men, nearly all escaped rebel prisoners.
There is also lying in New Creek, Long Point Marsh, and about 15 miles from Port Stanley, Canada West, a schooner named the Saratoga. She has four 18-pounders on board and is manned with a crew of sixteen men.
Both of the vessels referred to are not dismantled, as is usual during the winter months in that climate, but are kept in sailing condition at the shortest notice.
My informant has mingled and talked freely with the crews of these vessels, and they do not hesitate to avow their piratical intentions as soon as navigation is resumed in the spring."
LT Edward Hooker, 1st Division, Potomac Flotilla, writes CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, "The thick weather of to-day prevents me making the reconnoissance you wished. I will make it to-morrow.
The same cause has delayed the Fuchsia, although she has accomplished her errand and returned (p. m.).
Captain Street reports that they met the enemy's cavalry, but by showing a bold front kept them from attacking.
As Captain Street is the only man here acquainted with persons living on the banks of the Rappanannock above here, I shall take the responsibility of detaining him until to-morrow, so as to have his aid on the reconnoissance.
The commanding officer of the Tulip wishes me to apply for one of the pilots which you had yesterday for his vessel. His present pilot knows but very little about the river.
Acting Master Schulze stated that Fleet Engineer Reilly was making some repairs on his boiler, which were not completed when he left for the Piankatank. I have therefore sent him back to complete them. When he comes down, he can bring the pilots for the Freeborn and Tulip.
I think I shall have no trouble about taking out all the coals from the schooner, and if her papers are sent me by the Bell I can dispatch her with less demurrage than if I send her back to Piney Point.
On the return of the Bell, I will, if nothing new presents itself, make the trip to the eastern shore, which was proposed some time ago, unless you think it best not to go.
About one-half the articles on my January requisitions, and all those on the February ones, have not been received.
I enclose station report and weekly abstract of log.
I will write again after making the reconnoissance."
L H Kendall, Assist Surgeon, US Naval Hospital, New Berne, NC, writes CDR H K Davenport, SOPA Sound of North Carolina "I have to report the death of James Ryan, landsman, aged 26 years, born in Ireland, and late of the U. S. S. Underwriter.
He was wounded in the attack on that vessel, in the right knee joint, and died from exhaustion and gangrene."
CDR William reynolds, Naval Depot, Port Royal, writes CMDR S C Rowan, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron "Colonel [Joshua B.] Howell, in command of this district, has been on board to say that he has some anxiety about his position here with the small force at present remaining, lest a raid should be made upon his depot at Hilton Head, or upon his workshops at St. Helena, [S. C.].
The approaches from Savannah are well guarded, but there is nothing but the Kingfisher in St. Helena Bay [Sound] (a sailing vessel anchored near its entrance) to look after the water approaches from Charleston.
A steam gunboat stationed in that bay, to watch the mouths of the Coosaw and Combahee rivers, and to ascend them occasionally, would afford the necessary protection.
At present a boat expedition might descend either of these rivers and land upon St. Helena Island without interruption.
I informed Colonel Howell that I would make this representation to you.
He will endeavor to place a gunboat there, but it is not certain whether he can procure one.
When the repairs to the Hale are completed, she would be a perfect vessel for that service, but if, in the meanwhile, another gunboat could be sent there, it would, I think, add greatly to the security of this place."
RADM Theodorus Bailey, East Gulf Blockading Squadron writes John W Hogg, Navy Department, "In reply to your letter of February 21, I have to inform you as follows:
The tender referred to, when captured, was called the Anna, but she has, by some inadvertence, been always called the Annie since being taken into the service of the Government, and I am of opinion that it would be more convenient to preserve the name of Annie.
List of tenders in this squadron
|Annie ||Schooner ||1||27|
|Ariel ||do ||1||19|
|Fox ||do ||2||80|
|Rosalie ||Sloop ||1||28|
|Sea Bird ||Schooner ||1||57|
|Stonewall ||do ||1||(1)|
|Two Sisters||do ||1||54|
(1) Not known
Besides these, the sloop boat Julia, of 10 tons, without armament (other than small arms), is used as a guard vessel on the inside of this island, to overhaul all fishing boats and sponging vessels. She has one officer and half a dozen men on board.
The Carmita, of 56 tons, is dismasted, is without armament or crew of any sort, and is attached to the storehouse at this place simply as a lighter.
Neither of these two vessels should be entered on the Navy Register. The schooner Ezilda, formerly one of the tenders of this squadron, was formally surveyed, condemned, stripped of everything useful to us, and finally sold at public auction."
CAPT J B Marchand, USS Lackawanna, writes CMDR JAmes S Palmer, 1st Division West Gulf Blockading Squadron, " I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5th instant, enclosing a communication from the collector of customs in relation to a violation of the custom-house laws by the schooner Pelican State.
In reply I have to state that she was last seen about three weeks ago off Mobile on a trading voyage and was expected to return to New Orleans soon."