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to our interior coast; and we failed to furnish General Branch with a
reasonable force, and thus lost the important town of New Berne. What
I claim is that these failures do not by right rest with me.
As to the habit of intemperance, so recklessly attributed to me by
certain newspapers in this State soon after the fall of New Berne, I have
to say that the charge is without foundation, as can be established by
the certificate of the medical director of the department, with whom
I was in daily official intercourse, and who was my medical adviser for
four or five months preceding that event, and the statement of Surgeon
Wyatt M. Brown, C. S. Army, who was my attending physician on the
14th of March, 1862.
AUGUST 28-29, 1861.—Capture of the Confederate Batteries at Hatteras
Inlet, North Carolina.
No 1.—Orders for the expedition from Fort Monroe, Va.
No. 2.—Maj. Gen. John E. Wool, U. S. Army.
No. 3.—Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army.
No. 4.—Col. Max Weber, Twentieth New York Infantry.
No. 5.—Commander John P. Gillis, U. S. Navy.
No. 6.—Lieut. Francis U. Farquhar, U. S. Corps of Engineers.
No. 7.-1-lag Officer Samuel Barron, C. S. Navy.
No. 8.—Congratulatory orders from General Wool.
Orders for the expedition from Fort Monroe, Va.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, August 13, 1861.
SIR : The General-in-Chief directs that after consultation with Com-
modore Stringham, U. S. Navy, you prepare a sufficient detachment to
accompany an expedition, under Commander Stellwagen, against some
batteries on Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. It is desirable that a por-
tion of the detachment fixed by your judgment should be regulars, and
the remainder as tar as possible selected volunteers. The detachment
will return to Fort Monroe after the expedition.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, August 21, 1861.
SIR : In reply to your letter of the 20th instant, the General-in-Chief
directs me to say that this and the previous letter ï from you on the
subject have been referred to the Navy Department ; also, that it was
not intended you should take any further action in relation to the expe-
R. C. GATLIN,
Brigadier-General, Provisional Army C.ï S.
Maj. Gen. JOHN E. WOOL, U. S. A.,
Commanding, cte., Fort Monroe, Va.