Sun Jul 31 1864|
SECNAV telegrams CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, "Have a gunboat at Aquia Creek to cooperate with Mr. Babcock, as per orders sent by him in army tug to that point."
SECNAV writes CDR Parker, "You will pass and render all requisite assistance to Mr. J. C. Babcock, chief assistant to Colonel Sharpe, department provost-marshal-general, who, with a tug and scouts, are acting under orders from Lieutenant-General Grant. Conferring with Mr. Babcock, you will direct that such aid be afforded him as he may require."
CDR Parker telegrams SECNAV "The Yankee is lying at Aquia Creek. Will send another gunboat to Aquia Creek immediately."
Master W M'Gloin, USS Gettysburg, writes LT R H Lamson, USS Gettysburg from Beaufort, NC "A sail was reported from the masthead at 6:15 a. m. July 9, bearing S. E. This ship immediately gave chase, but having no wind, it was impossible to generate more than 18 pounds of steam, though with a good draft we have had 23 pounds. In consequence of this the Gettysburg did not make more than 11 knots per hour, but gained on the chase so much that at 10 a. m. she stopped, distant about 2½ miles, we having fired three solid shot from our 30-pounder rifle, which dropped quite near her. On boarding her she proved to be the Little Ada, of Savannah, with an assorted cargo, from Nassau, without flag or papers of any kind. It was afterwards ascertained that both flag and papers, which were Confederate, were burned in the furnaces before she was boarded.
A letter was found in possession of one of the men, written by the captain to the owner, detailing the annoyances he experienced in obtaining his officers and crew, and also the amount of wages paid the officers. This letter was handed to Captain Lamson. The cargo was principally lead in pigs and potash, and it was suspected by the boarding officer that she had more cargo than the captain would acknowledge. Twenty dollars in American silver half dollars were found, having the ships name on the package, which was forwarded by the vessel to the prize commissioner at Boston. The ships position at meridian was latitude 32° 21', longitude 77° 51' W. The vessel herself is a strongly and beautifully built iron boat of 208 tons, American measurement, built in Scotland one year ago.
She had a crew of 22 officers and men, 9 of whom were sent to Boston and 13 brought to this port and transferred to Captain Dove. Her engines are direct-acting inverted cylinders, 25 inches diameter and 22-inch stroke, about 100 indicated horsepower. She has one boiler, two fires, and can carry 70 tons of coal."
RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes MGEN J G Foster, Department of the South, "Comformably to your request, six 100-pounder Parrotts will be loaned to you, and are at your disposal when it suits your convenience to send for them. I expected to have obtained the IX-inch guns from the Wabash, but she has left this port, and I have required in the Bureau for some. When they arrive, I shall be glad to meet your wishes."
MGEN E R S Canby, USA Military Division of West Mississippi writes MGEN Gordon Granger, USA, US Volunteers,"The force under your command is not in number or appointments as large or as complete as I designed to send, but I can not increase it until after the troops from Texas or from points above come within reach. The present object is simply that of cooperating with the Navy in the operations about to be undertaken by Admiral Farragut against the rebel works in Mobile Bay. Should these operations open the way for more extensive ones, or call for a larger force, I will add to it as far as I have the means of doing.
I do not give you any special instructions, as I know you will make the best possible application of the means under your control.
Keep me advised as constantly as possible of your operations, and of whatever you may require to increase the efficiency of your command, and give proper results to the work before it."
LCDR K R Breese,USS Black Hawk, writes MAJ C T Christensen, USA, Assist Adjutant-General, "A batch of documents just arrived from your headquarters relative to the Rob Roy going up Red River, etc., containing in one of them a remark of General Banks about not being able to trust naval officers, ought to be attended to at once; but as the admiral is away on leave and will not return for some time, I take this means of informing you privately about the matter that you may let the general (Canby) know. Captain Griffin has an order from the President similar to the one General Canby saw at Red River in the possession of Mr. Casey, and which can't be got over by military men when presented. I believe General Banks to be aware of this, as he certainly was of Mr. Caseys. I think there is no doubt that the allegations against the Rob Roy are perfectly correct, only that the supplies are to come from New Orleans, sent to the Atchafalaya and carried by the Rob Roy to their destination. This I was informed by one of Caseys party, who have abandoned their speculation as they were unable to compete with Griffin; that is, greenbacks versus half supplies delivered as above and half sterling exchange. It was the intention, I am told, of Captain Griffin to get his vessel over the bar and allow her to be caught by the falling river. I have written to Foster temporarily commanding at Red River, what I have heard. As for the Bayou Sara affair, I've no doubt the same thing is going on, but you may rely upon Foster as being one of the most honest, upright men in the world, but greatly in disfavor with the provost-marshal at New Orleans.
Please present my kindest regards to General Canby and such of his, staff as were with you, and believe me,"