Wed Oct 23 1861|
CAPT Wilkes, USS San Jacinto, orders CDR Palmer, USS Iroquois, to follow the Sumter wherever she may go - even to Rio. But she will be short of coal shortly and may be found at Maranham by the 20th.
CDR Woodhull,USS Connecticut, reports to SECNAV of his arrival at Bermuda within 68 hours of departure. He reports nothing has been heard of Nashville and no American shipping has been there in the past six months. The British Naval Yard commander,CAPT Hutton, has given orders that pilots are not to give assistance to any privateer. The Connecticut's boiler was repaired while at Bermuda. He has returned to his homeport.
Mr. A C Pettengill, brig Granada, writes to SECNAV explaining his being captured by the privateer Sallie from Charleston, SC. He says that the Sallie, CAPT Lebby, was able to leave Charleston in broad daylight and that two other privateers are being fitted out - Dixie and Beauregard. He was transferred to a British ship, Greyhound, took him to New York along with most of his crew. As he is now ruined financially he offers his service to the navy as a sailing master.
CAPT Craven, Potomac Flotilla, reports to SECNAV that he left it to the discretion of LT Harrell, USS Union, to move his ship to safety during the night. He learned from a fishing boat that "Union, Ice Boat, Satellite, and Rescue had gonedown the river, and that the rebel steamer George Page had gone up to Quantico Creek, where she is safe under the batteries of Shipping Point."
CAPT Craven writes to SECNAV that he wishes to be relieved of command "In view of the utter uselessness of the Potomac Flotilla for the further protection of the river..." He suggests stripping all the vessels of his command of guns and placing them to fire upon the rebels on the opposite shore. As he has no experience in doing this sort of thing he requests to be "appointed to some seagoing vessel."
CAPT Craven writes to SECNAV that the Page is crossing the river with troops aboard, though he does not believe that the Page has any troops. Then 10 minutes later he writes that the Page is shelling union troops at Stumps Point.
CAPT Dahlgren, Washington Navy Yard, write to CAPT Craven that 8,000 men and 18 guns under command of General Hooker are enroute "...to cooperate with you."
SECNAV writes to CAPT Craven acknowledging receipt of his previous day's letters. He encourages CAPT Craven to maintain his vigilance and to be ready to engage the enemy with his ships and to encourage the the ships cut off to do likewise. He has futh faith and confidence in Craven. Craven is to contact General Hooker when he arrives and to communicate freely with him.