Sat Jul 30 1864|
SECNAV writes CAPT Guert Ganesvoort, USS Roanoke, "Yours of the 28th instant has been received.
You are informed that you are on special service, for the defense of Point Lookout and the security of the Prisoners from attack. You will communicate directly to the Department and consult with the military commander frequently.
No attack is anticipated from outside."
CDR W H Macomb, SOPA Sounds of North Carolina writes RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron "The following is the disposition of the vessels in the sounds of North Carolina:
At New Berne.The Tacony, Hetzel, Lockwood, Commodore Hull, Louisiana, and Valley City. The two latter are employed as picket boats in the Pamlico River, relieving each other by turns. The Commodore Hull and Hetzel are repairing. The Tacony has taken the place of the Chicopee on this station.
In Albermarle Sound - The Shamrock, Chicopee, Otsego, Mattabesett, and Wyalusing. These vessels lie about 4 miles southwest of Perquimans River. The Ceres and Whitehead are on picket duty off the mouth of Roanoke River. The Wyalusing is on her way to New Berne to relieve the Tacony. As it is necessary to have an experienced officer and one of the large vessels to superintend the affairs of the squadron in Pamlico Sound, I have made the arrangement of sending one of the double-enders to New Berne at short intervals, relieving the one previously there, which allows them to make any slight repairs that may be necessary with greater facility than they could be done here.
The Miami is on her way to James River with orders to report to the admiral.
To save coal I have stationed one for the double enders off the mouth of Roanoke River, relieving twice a week instead of sending one up every day, as I had previously done. My reason for sending a vessel up to the pickets is that any important intelligence may thus be communicated to me without removing the picket boats from their stations.
In conclusion, I beg leave to call your attention to the defective condition of the following steamers, viz: The Commodore Hull, Hetzel, Lock wood, Whitehead, and Bombshell. The boilers of the Hull are very old and require frequent repairs; she is now repairing and will probably not be completed in less than two weeks. The valves of the Hetzels engine have been so ground down by frequent repairs, in consequence of long and continuous service, that they are available for but little steaming. The Bombshell (at Ocracoke Inlet blockading) leaks badly, and is ordered to New Berne for repairs. The sloop Granite is at Hatteras Inlet, as guard vessel and for superintending the supplying of coal for this squadron."
MGEN J G Foster, USA, Department of the South, writes RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron "I have the honor to request the loan of six 100-pounder Parrott guns, to be placed in a new battery erected on Cumming's Point. I also beg leave to say that I will avail myself of your offer of some IX-inch guns for the battery at Spanish Wells, and will send for them in a day or two. I shall be obliged to borrow of you the ammunition for these guns, as we have none."
RADM David Glasgow Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report the arrival at Pensacola on the 28th instant, with the Eutaw and the Augusta, of the ironclad Tecumseh, Commander T. A. M. Craven, who reports that he will be ready in a few days."
Thomas Swords, Assistant Quartermaster General, Cincinnati, writes CAPT A M Pennock, Fleet Captain, Mississippi Squadron, "I have been directed by the Secretary of War to get up a fleet of six light-draft boats, to be fitted up with guns, for patrolling the Ohio River during the low stage of water between Pittsburg and Louisville.
In consultation yesterday with the governor of the State, it was suggested that some of the light-draft boats might be temporarily spared from your squadron, and I accordingly telegraphed you to know.
As most of the light-draft boats are now in the service of the quartermasters department in the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers, carrying freight, it would be of great advantage could we get one or more boats from the Mississippi Squadron until such time as they may be in the lower river."