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lery, Lieutenant Ladd commanding, and reached the Blackwater, at
South Quay, at about 9 a. m. From all the information I could obtain
from the citizens I was satisfied that the enemy were aware of our
movement and on Saturday night had sent for re-enforcements, expect-
ing a raid from Bower's Hill. I met a family of refugees near the
Blackwater, who came down from Weldon, and questioned them sep-
arately, and ascertained that two companies of infantry were about a
mile back, on the Murfree's Depot road; also, one company of cavalry.
I dismounted three companies, ordered them to move cautiously to
the ferry, and seize the boat, but found the boat had been secured on
the opposite side. I shelled the opposite shore vigorously, which had
a tendency to cause the enemy to develop his strength, and deeming it
imprudent to attempt a crossing with my small force, I returned at 10
o'clock last night; no casualties.
I captured at the ferry 3 bales of cotton, 3 horses, and 1 cart.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. F. DERN,
Captain, Commanding Detachment Third New York Cavalry.
Col. GEORGE W. LEWIS,
Commanding Third New York Cavalry.
JANUARY 3-17, 1865.—Expedition to and capture of Fort Fisher, N. C.,
and its dependencies.
SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.
Jan. 4-5, 1865.—The expedition embarks at Bermuda Landing, Va.
8, 1865.—Naval fleet under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, and transport
fleet containing expeditionary forces, arrive at rendezvous off
Beaufort, N. C.
12, 1865.—Expedition, convoyed by fleet of Rear-Admiral David D. Porter,
sails from rendezvous off Beaufort, N. C., for Fort Fisher.
12-13, 1865.—Expedition arrives at Federal Point, N. C.
13, 1865.—Bombardment of Fort Fisher by naval fleet.
Landing of expeditionary forces.
Skirmish near Fort Fisher, N. C.
13-15, 1865.—Combined military and naval operations against Fort Fisher,
15, 1865.—Assault and capture of Fort Fisher, N. C.
16, 1865.—Explosion of powder magazine at Fort Fisher, N. C.
16-17,1865.—Fort Caswell blown up and defensive works at Smithville and
Reeves' Point, N. C., abandoned by Confederate forces. .
No. 1.—Maj. Gen. Alfred H. Terry, U. S. Army, commanding U. S. Foices.
No, 2.—Organization of the U. S. Forces at Fort Fisher, N. C., January 13-15.
No. 3.—Casualties in the U. S. Forces at Fort Fisher, N. C., January 15.
No. 4.—Bvt. Brig. Gen. Cyrus B. Comstock, Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-General
No. 5.—Bvt. Brig. Gen. Joseph C. Abbott, Seventh New Hampshire Infantry, com-
manding Second Brigade, First Division, Twenty-fourth Army Corps, of
operations January 15.
*For Union naval reports see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, Decem-
ber 4, 1865, and for report of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Henry L. Abbot, chief of artillery, see