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nal corps United States army, fracture of left Surgeon's Steward, wound of scalp, splinter, fore-arm.

slight; James Johnston, landsman, wound of Very respectfully, your obedient servant, head, splinter, not dangerous; Richard Condon, T. W. LEACH,

landsman, wound of back, splinter, slight. Surgeon U.S. Navy.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Captain J. B. MARCIAND,

AVID KONDLEBERGER, Commanding United States Ship Lackawanna.

Surgeon United States Nary.

Commander James H. STRONG, C. S. X., REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON THE U. S. S. ONEIDA.

Commanding United States Steamer Monongahela. UNITED STATES STEAMER ONEIDA,

MOBILE BAY, August 5, 1864. REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON TIIE U. S. S. METACOMET. Sır: I have to report the following casualties,

U.S. S. MET ACOMET, which occurred to-day on board this vessel while

WEST GULF BLOCKADING SQUADRON, passing Fort Morgan, and during an engagement with the fleet of the enemy.

Sir: I have to report that on the morning of Killed Frank Levay, ordinary seaman ; the fifth instant, during the engagement while Thomas Gibson, marine; Albert Phillips, Cap-passing the forts, and engaging the gunboats, the tain Forecastle; John C. Jensen, seaman ; James following casualties occurred: Agern, first-class fireman, scalded; Emanuel John Stewart, landsman, killed, Julian J. Boyakin, cabin steward ; Robert Lenox, lands- Butler, ordinary seaman, shell-wound; Oliver D. man; Patrick Dorris, landsman, missing, killed Wolfe, fireman, slightly wounded. or drowned.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient Wounded severely–J. R. M. Mullany, com- servant,

E. D. PATNE,

Assistant Surgeon. mander, left arm amputated; R. H. Fitch, First

Lieut. Com. Jas. E. JOUETT, Commanding. Assistant-Engineer, scalded ; Oliver Crommelia, Surgeon's Steward, scalded; John Peacock, first-'REPORT OF THE CASUALTIES ON THE C. S. S. OSSIPEE class fireman; scalded; William Mitchell, lands

UNITED STATES STEAN SLOOP OSSIPEE, man, scalded; John Nelson, landsman, scalded;

MOBILE BAY, Aug. 3, 1964. William Ager, coal-heaver, scalded; William

Sir: I have the honor to report the following Burtis, first-class fireman, scalded; Samuel

casualties on board this ship during the engageVanasery, coal-heaver, scalded ; William New-ment of this day with the enemy's batteries on land, ordinary seaman, flesh-wound; John Pres

shore and afloat: ton, landsman, eyes ; Charles Matthews, lands

Lewis Lord, landsman, nape of neck, danger

ous; Owen Maines, seaman, fore-arm broken, Wounded slightly-William H. Hunt, Chief- shoulder-joint, head, and hip contused, since died Engineer, scalded; George A. Ebbets, Captain's of wounds, killed; John Harris, Quarter-Gunner, Clerk, contusion; William P. Treadwell, Paymas- gunshot wound in lower jaw, serious; Thomas ter's Clerk, scalded; Peter McKeloye, second- Rogers, landsman, contusion of right leg, slight, class fireman, scalded; Stephen Dolan, first-class Henry Johnson, ordinary seaman, splinter-wound, fireman, scalded; John Boyle, coal-heaver, scald- slight; James Sweeney, seaman, splinter-wound, ed; Moses Jones, coal-heaver, scalded; John slight; George Rowe, second-class fireman, splinRalton, landsman, scalded; Edward Thomas, or- ter-wound, slight; Sam Hazard, landsman, splindinary scaman, scalded; James Sheridan, Quar- ter-wound, slight. termaster, contusion; John E. Jones, Quarter

Total, one killed, seven wounded. master, contusion; Henry Binney, Quartermaster, Very respectfully, your obedient servant, contusion; Francis Brown, Quarter-Gunner, con

B. F. GIBBS, tusion; Christian Christeinick, landsman; Roger

Surgeon. Sharman, landsman; John Johnson, ordinary Commander W. E. Le Roy, seaman; David Johnston, Corporal Marines; John Commanding U. S. Steam Sloop Ossipee, Mobile Bay. Kilroy, private marine. Killed, eight; wounded

REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON THE U. S. S. GALENA. severely, twelve; wounded slightly, eighteen.

UNITED STATES STEAMER GALENA, Aug. 5, 1964. Very respectfully, Join Y. Taylor,

Sır: I would most respectfully report the

Surgeon. Lieutenant C. L. HUNTINGTON, U. S. N., following casualty on board this vessel while Commanding U. S. S. Oneida.

passing Fort Morgan : REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON THE U. S. S.

Wounded - James McCafferty, coal-heaver,

scalp-wound, with concussion of the brain. UNITED STATES STEAMER MONONGAUELA,

Very respectfully, GEO. P. WRIGHT, MOBILE BAY, August 3, 18 4.

Acting Assistant-Surgeon, United States Navy.

To Lieut. Com. C. H. WELLS, U. S. Navy, Sır: The following are the casualties on board

Commanding United States Steamer Galena. this ship, resulting from the action to-day with Forts Morgan and Gaines and the rebel rams:

REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON TIIE U. S. S. OCTORARA. Roderick Prentiss, Lieutenant, both legs badly

U. S. S. OCTORARA, MOBILE, ALA., Aug. 5, 1864. injured by splinters, left one amputated; Michael Sir: I have to report the following as a list of Smith, boy, severe lacerated wound of scalp by casualties occurring this morning, while passing splinters; William Feeney, Paymaster, contu- Forts Morgan and Gaines, namely: sion of back and left arm, slight; Holbert Lane, Killed- W. H. Davis, seaman, by splinters.

MONON

GAHELA.

Wounded-Lieutenant Commanding C. H. officer for duty outside. Instead of doing this, Green, contusion of leg; Acting Ensign Maurice he followed the fleet in, and was struck with a McEntree, contusion of the thigh; Acting Mas- shot from the Fort, when he put his helm a-port ter IIenry R. Billings, contusion of face, all from and ran her on the bank. After having had two splinters, slight; James McIntosh, Coxswain, in- men killed and two wounded, he deserted the cised wound of scalp, not severe; John Govard, vessel, leaving his signal-book (boat code,) on the seaman, lacerated wound of forehead, quite se- quarter-deck, where it was found by the eneiny, vere; Charles Howard, seamnan, contusion of who subsequently boarded the vessel. sacrum, slight; William H. Nice, Boatswain's Mate, severe contusion of right eye; Andrew

The rebels set the vessel on fire, and we have Croughi, Quartermaster, contusion of scalp, slight; thus lost one of the most efficient vessels in the George Smith, ship's corporal, wound of upper squadron for all kinds of express duty, and we third left arm, quite severe; John Robinson, are sadly in want of just such vessels. quartermaster, contusion of left foot, slight. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Killed, one; wounded, ten.

D. G. FARRAGUT, I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient ser

Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.

Hon. GIDEON WELLES, vant,

EDWARD R. DODGE,
Assistant Su U. S. Navy.

Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
Lieut. Com. C. H. GREEN,

REPORT OF ACTING MASTER JAMES T. SEAVER. Commanding U. S. Octorara.

U. S. S. CowSLIP, August 6, 1864. REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON THE U. S. S. KENNEBEC. Sır: I beg leave to make the following report U. S. S. KEXXEBEC, MOBILE BAY, Aug. 6, 1564.

to you in regard to the loss of the U. S. steamer Sır: I respectfully report the following casual- Philippi: ties in action yesterday morning, while passing

At daylight, hove up anchor, and steamed Fort Morgan, namely :

alongside the Tennessee, and discharged all the Daniel Godfrey, coal-heaver, mortally wound- ordnance stores and provisions belonging to ed in abdoinen, by fragment of shell from other vessels; not having orders to report to the rebel iron-clad Tennessee, and has since any one, and the verbal order I received being to died; Acting Ensign H. E. Tinklam, serious discharge the stores into the Tennessee as quickgunshot wounds, and contusions of left arm, ly as possible, I did so. Wishing to be of asside, thigh, and leg, by fragments of shell sistance to the fleet in case any vessels were disfrom the rebel ram Tennessee, no fracture; abled, and knowing the power of my steamer, Peter R. Post, landsman, gunshot wound and immediately after the freight was out, I dropped fracture of right cheek-bone, serious ; Charles off from the Tennessee, got hawsers, lines, etc., Sanders, Master-at-Arms, slight contusion of all ready to be of assistance in towing any dis

At lips ; J. D. Ireson, Captain of the Hold, Isaac abled vessel which would need my services. Fisher, (colored,) first-class boy, and several forty-five minutes past seven stood up the chanothers, very slight contusions, by fragments of nel for the fleet, keeping as far out of range shell from the Tennessee, and splinters caused of the Fort as I could judge was necessary to by it; and Kimball Prince, landsman, contusion clear the shoal, the Quartermaster at the lead of right shoulder, slight, by splinter caused by a from the time of making the bar. At about solid shot from the Fort.

fifteen minutes past nine, while going ahead Very respectfully, GEORGE W. Hatch,

slow, the Quartermaster gave the cast, a quarter Acting Assistant-Surgeon, United States Navy. less three, and the steamer immediately struck. Lieut. Com. W. P. McCANN, U. S. N.,

I rang three bells and tried to back her off, but Commanding United States Steamer Kennebec. she did not stir. I kept backing for ten minutes;

had about thirty-five pounds of steam on. The LOSS OF THE U. S. STEAMER PHILIPPI.

Fort then opened fire on us, and, getting our REPORT OF REAR-ADMIRAL D. G. FARRAGUT.

range, every other shell did execution—the secFLAG-Suip IIARTFORD, Mobile Bay, Aug. 8, 1964. ond shell or shot, (as it did not explode, I could Sir: I regret to inform the Department, that not tell which,) struck the rail about the starafter I had passed the forts some time, I saw a board bow-port, and immediately killed Frank steamer on fire inside the bay. I soon perceived Wilson, landsman. One shot passed through that it was the Philippi, and I could not imagine the boiler, entirely disabling us, and another how she came to be set on fire.

burst in the engine-room. At this time Fort I have since received the report of her com- Morgan kept up a constant fire at us, every shell manding officer, Acting Master J. T. Seaver, doing more or less execution. The men, while I which is herewith inclosed :

was forward, many of them, rushed aft, and The facts appear to be, that Acting Master commenced cutting the boats' falls. llearing Seaver, on the evening before the action, asked this, I came aft and ordered them to stop, which Fleet-Captain Drayton if he should not follow the they did, and the boats were lowered with safety, squadron into the bay. Captain Drayton told him but the men crowded in, and two of the boats that that would be a folly, and ordered him to go were immediately filled. I put the wounded in and deliver the ammunition he had brought from one of the boats, and sent the dying in charge of Pensacola, on board the Tennessee, and then re- Acting Ensign R. Vance, to the Cowslip, fos port to Lieutenant Commander Grafton, senior assistance.

The deck being full of steam and smoke, and Four others also swam to the beach, and were indications of the ship being on fire, and two of taken prisoners at Fort Morgan and immediately my men being wounded and one scalded, and sent away. almost every shell, either direct or ricochet, strik- This information was received when communiing the steamer, and the boilers being disabled, cating by tlag of truce with the Fort. none of and my men, several of them being almost them, we were told, were officers. paralyzed with fear; also, the sight of the rebel

Very respectfully, your obedient servant, steamer coming out, and the utter impossibility

D. G. FARRAGUT, to save the steamer or resist the enemy, I judged

Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron. it best to abandon her.

Hon. GIDEON WELLES, I pulled alongside the Cowslip and Buckthorn,

Secretary of the Navy, Washington. the two vessels being close to each other, and put the wounded on board; both vessels then JOINT REPORT OF ACTING MASTERS C. F. LANGLEY stood toward the Genesee. I went on board, and

AND G. COTTRELL. reported to Captain Grafton ; was ordered to put

U. S. SHIP POTOMAC, PEYSACOLA, August 6, 1864. the wounded on board the Tennessee and report

Sir: Believing that we are the only surviving to Captain Grafton again, but as the Genesee officers of the U. S. Monitor Tecumseh, we feel steamed toward Pelican Channel, I was forced it our duty to report the circumstances attending to remain on the Tennessee. The Quartermaster, her loss, and of the safety of a boat's crew. William H. French, who was wounded in the

When nearly abreast of Fort Morgan, and stomach, died at twenty minutes past seven.

about one hundred and fifty yards from the List of Casualties—Frank Wilson, landsman, beach, a row of buoys was discovered stretching killed ; William H. French, Quartermaster, mor- from the shore, a distance from one to two huntally wounded; John Collins, coal-heaver, scald- dred yards. It being reported to Captain Craven, ed; and Joseph Boyd, slightly wounded. he immediately gave the vessel full speed, and

The officers were perfectly cool throughout the attempted to pass between two of them. When time while under fire, and in leaving the ship. in their range, a torpedo was exploded directly Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

under the turret, blowing a large hole through James T. SEAVER,

the bottom of the vessel, through which the

water rushed in with great rapidity.

Acting Master, To Admiral D. G. FARRAGUT,

Finding that the vessel was sinking, the order

was given to leave our quarters, and from that Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.

moment every one used the utmost exertions to

clear himself from the wreck. LOSS OF THE MONITOR TECUMSEH.

After being carried down by the vessel several REPORT OF REAR-ADMIRAL D. G.

times, we were picked up in a drowning condi

tion by one of our boats, manned by the followFLAG-SHIP HARTFORD, W. G. B. SQUADRON, MOBILE BAY, August 27, 1964.

ing men: S. S. Shinn, Gunner's Mate; John Sır: I have the honor to forward herewith Gould, Quarter-Gunner; Frank Commens, sea(marked No.1) a copy of a report made to me by man; Richard Collins, seaman; and Peter Parkes Acting Masters C. F. Langley and Gardner Cott- landsman, all of whom are now on board this rell, two of the survivors of the iron-clad Tecum- ship. seh, and in which are given the names of six

Captain Craven was seen in the turret by Mr. men who were saved in the same boat, namely: Cottrell, just before the vessel sunk, and as he S. S. Shinn, Gunner's Mate; Jno. Gould, Quarter- had a life-preserving vest on, we have hopes that Gunner; Frank Commins, seaman ; Richard Col- he reached the shore. lins, seaman ; and Peter Parks, seaman.

Not recovering from our exhausted condition These officers are certainly in error in their until the boat was abreast of the Hartford, and statement that a row of buoys stretched from knowing that an attempt to board one of the the shore a distance of one to two hundred attacking fleet would cause the loss of her posi. yards. We now know, that the channel adjacent tion, we pulled for the Buckthorn, from which to the shore was entirely clear of torpedoes, and vessel we were sent to the Tennessce, and afterthat the latter were placed between the two large ward, by Captain Grafton's order, sent to this buoys, to which I have referred in my reports.

ship. There was no opportunity of making a In addition to the persons named in this re- report to Captain Grafton, otherwise it would port as saved, the boat from the Metacomet

, have been done in person. under Acting Ensign Nields, rescued Acting Hoping that the course pursued by us will Ensign John P. Zetlich, Chauncey V. Dean, meet your approval, we are, very respectfully, etc., Quartermaster; Wm. Roberts, Quartermaster;

C. F. LANGLEY, James McDonald, seaman; Geo. Major, seaman;

Acting Master. James Thorn, seaman ; Chas. Packard, ordinary

GARDNER COTTRELL, seaman ; Wm. Fadden, landsman; and Wm. Č.

Acting Master. West, coal-heaver-with the pilot of the Tecum- Rear-Admiral D. G. FARRAGUT, seh, John Collins.

Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.

FARRAGUT.

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belonging to the claimant, and upon the clain art ENLISTMENT OF COLORED TROOPS.

filing a valid deed of manumission and release of

service, the board shall give the claimant a cerGENERAL ORDERS, NO. 329.

tificate of the sum awarded, which, on presentaWAR DEPARTMENT, ADJTTANT-GENERAL'S Office,

tion, shall be paid by the chief of the Bureau. WASHINGTON, D. C., October 18, 1863.

Ninth. All enlistments of colored troops in the WHEREAS, the exigencies of the war require State of Maryland, otherwise than in accordance that colored troops be enlisted in the States of with these regulations, are forbidden. Maryland, Missouri, and Tennessee, it is

Tenth. No person who is or has been engaged ORDERED BY THE PRESIDENT, That the Chief in the rebellion against the Government of the of the Bureau for the Organization of Colored United States, or who in any way has or shall Troops shall establish recruiting stations at con- give aid or comfort to the enemies of the Governvenient places within said States, and give pub-ment, shall be permitted to present any claim or lic notice thereof, and be governed by the follow- receive any compensation for the labor or service ing regulations :

of any slave, and all claimants shall file with First. None but able-bodied persons shall be their claims an oath of allegiance to the United enlisted.

States. By order of the President. Second. The State and county in which the

E. D. TOWNSEND, enlistments are made shall be credited with the

Assistant Adjutant-General. recruits enlisted.

This order was extended, on October twentyThird. All persons enlisted into the military sixth, to Delaware, at the personal request of service shall for ever thereafter be frEE.

Governor Cannon. Fourth. Free persons, and slaves with the writ. ten consent of their owners, and slaves belonging

Doc. 5. to those who have been engaged in or given aid or comfort to the rebellion, may now be enlisted

FIGHT NEAR WAYNESVILLE, MO. the owners who have not been engaged in or

Rolla, Mo., November 3, 1863. given aid to the rebellion being entitled to com- Editors Missouri Democrat: pensation as hereinafter provided.

Sirs: There have been many accounts of unFifth. If within thirty days from the date of equal fights published during this war, but if there opening enlistments, notice thereof and of the is any that will beat the following, I should like recruiting stations being published, a sufficient to hear of it: number of the description of persons aforesaid to Lieutenant C. C. Troyford, of company H, meet the exigencies of the service should not be Fifth Missouri militia cavalry, while on a scout enlisted, then enlistments may be made of slaves with seven men of his company, was attacked in without requiring consent of their owners, but a house about eighteen miles south of Waynesthey may receive compensation as herein provide ville by two hundred and fifty rebels, under Coled for owners offering their slaves for enlistment. onel Love; the boys fought three hours against

Sixth. Any citizen of said States, who shall of this overwhelming force, when their ammunition fer his or her slave for enlistment into the mili- was exhausted. The rebels crept up and set fire tary service, shall, if such slave be accepted, re- to the house; the boys then came out, and threw ceive from the recruiting officer a certificate there- down their revolvers and surrendered. The reb)of, and become entitled to compensation for the els lost five killed, seven wounded, and some that service of said slave, not exceeding the sum of could not be counted by the Lieutenant. Also, three hundred dollars, upon filing a valid deed seven horses were killed. Among the mortally of manumission and of release, and making satis- wounded is Colonel Tucker, alias Bent Woods, factory proof of title. And the recruiting officer the notorious guerrilla and stage-robber. Not shall furnish to any claimant of descriptive list one of our boy's was wounded in any way, but of any person enlisted and claimed under oath to they were stripped of every thing. Lieutenant be his or her slave, and allow any one claiming Troyford had three hundred dollars in greenunder oath that his or her slave has been enlist- backs, which he managed to hide and keep. The ed without his or her consent, the privilege of boys were paroled, and returned, and are now inspecting the enlisted man for the purpose of safely in camp. identification.

It appears that the forces of Colonel Lore Seventh. A board of three persons shall be and Colonel Freeman contemplated an attack on appointed by the President, to whom the rolls Waynesville on Sunday last, but hesitated, and and recruiting lists shall be furnished for public put it off till the next morning; then, hearing of information, and, on demand exhibited to any the return of Major Fischer from pursuing Joe person, claiming that his or her slave has been Shelby, beat a hásty retreat and came upon the enlisted against his or her will.

little squad of company H, gobbled them, but Eighth. If a person shall, within ten days after found a bitter pill. The boys say, that if it had the filing of said rolls, make a claim for the serv- been a decent house, the rebs would never have ice of any person so enlisted, the board shall got them out of it. proceed to examine the proof of title, and, if I remain, very respectfully, yours, valid, shall award just compensation, not exceed

R. B. KELLEY, ing three hundred dollars for each slave enlisted

Sergeant. VOL. VIII-Doc. 10

A NATIONAL ACCOUNT.

by all.

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lieutenant on board. In towing the steamship

Empire City, she proved so heavy that she strain. THE TEXIN EXPEDITION. ed the upper works of the Union to such an ex

tent as to cause her to leak badly. About eleven

o'clock on Friday night, Captain Baxter was hailFLAG-SMP MCCLELLAX

ed by Captain Mayhood, who reported that the OFF BRAZOS DE SANTIAGO, Texas, Nov. 2, 1863. Union was sinking. The former immediately Again an army of American soldiers is on ordered a boat to be lowered and manner, vi. Texas soil, and once more in the neighborhood | Ward, the second mate of the Empire City, takof the almost sacred battle-fields of Palo Alto and ing charge of her. This, with the life-boat frou Resaca de la Palma.

the Union, rescued the crew and negroes, and all The following account of the expedition from were saved before the steamer sank, though many the time it lest South-West Pass to the successful of the latter were so overcome by fear that they landing of troops on the Texan coast, at Brazos were unable to spring into the boats as they apde Santiago, nine miles from the mouth of the proached the side of the vessel, and to save the Rio Grande del Norte, will be read with interest from going down with her it was found necessary

to throw them overboard, and trust to those in An expedition was fitted out at New Orleans the boats to pick them up. Five trips were mare under the command of Major-General Dana. to the sinking steamer, by Mr. Ward and the General Banks and staff also accompanied it. boats' crews of the Empire City. Captain Baxter

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, all went and his gallant fellows deserve great praise for well, the vessels keeping in line at their proper their coolness, bravery, and perseverance in this distances; weather fine, sea a little rough. trying hour.

The Union was a light-raught On Friday morning, October thirtieth, at half- steamer, of about one hundred and fifty tons past four o'clock, there was a sudden and great burden, between cight and nine years old, and change. The weather, up to this time, (night and was worth probably about seven thousand day,) had been uncomfortably hot, but at the dollars. hour mentioned a “heavy norther” struck us; Nothing of further interest occurred up to four the fleet could no longer be kept together, many o'clock P. M. At that hour we again spoke the vessels being compelled to sepa and run be- Empire City, she having been absent from the fore the wind, which soon blew a gale. The fleet several hours. She answered to our inquiry weather all day was bitter cold.

if all were well on board : “All well, sir." The For nearly twelve hours the storm raged, and captain then informed us that a few hours prelong after the wind had ceased to blow, the waves vious, he had picked up, forty miles off Pass Ca

“ mountains high." We had, perhaps, the vallo, a small boat with two deserters from the best fleet of sca-going vessels, of any expedition enemy, they having been at sea forty hours. The which has left port during this war, and fears poor fellows were ordered to be sent on board the were entertained for the safety of only three or McClellan in a boat, but they were so weak and four light-draught steamers, which we were under stiff from exposure, hunger, and the want of sleep the necessity of taking along-the Zephyr, Bagley, as to be perfectly helpless, each requiring the asUnion, etc. There was also great danger of the sistance of two men. They stated that they besinking of the schooners in tow, and it was not longed to company B, Eighth Texas infantry, but until this morning that we learned the full extent on the twenty-sixth of August, they, with eight of the loss which the fleet had sustained. The others, were detailed to serve on board the Jom Union and two schooners went down. The Zephyr F. Carr, (rebel gunboat.) On Thursday night had her machinery broken, and was taken in tow last, about nine o'clock, they saw a small boat by the gunboat Owasco. The Bagley was com- lying between the gunboat and Fort Esperanze, pelled to run before the wind, and up to this morn- and thinking this a good opportunity to desert, ing it was feared that she had sunk, with all on they entered it, rowed out to sea, and started for board; but at an carly hour we spoke the United the mouth of Brazos River, where they learned States brig Bahia, off Aranzas Pass. She report- were some of our blockaders; but a norther comed having spoke the Bagley last evening, and her ing up, they were unable to manage the boat, captain requested the blockader to report to the and let her drift before the wind. All day Friflag-ship: “ All's well; we shall remain at the day, through that terrible storin, all night, and rendezvous for instruction." This was glorious up to ten o'clock on Saturday morning, they were news, for, though three vessels have sunk, not a driven in every direction in their frail boat, which life has been lost nor a man injured. I may here could only be kept afloat by constant baling. state that it was arranged that, if a storm oc- They were thus exposed for about forty hours, curred, or if any of the steamers should by any and, as I before observed, without rest or a means become separated from the fleet, they mouthful to eat. They were received by all on should assemble at a place appointed on the board the Empire City and McClellan with a Texas coast, and there wait for orders.

hearty welcome, and several of the staff-officers The steamer Union, Captain Mayhood, sunk offered the poor, ragged, and barefooted deserters between seven and eight o'clock on Saturday their beds, and furnished them with food and morning. In addition to the crew, there were drink, both of which they were sadly in need of. forty-six negroes of the Corps d'Afrique and one When these men were able to converse, it was

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