War of the Rebellion: Serial 006 Page 0438 OPERATIONS IN W.FLA.,S.ALA.,S.MISS.,AND LA. Chapter XVI.

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No. 2. Report of Brigadier General Braxton Bragg, C. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, Near Pensacola, Fla., September 16, 1861.

SIR: I have the honor to report, for the information of the Department, that a row-boat, with nine enlisted men of marines, sent on patrol duty on the night of the 8th instant in the harbor, failed to return. The crew has no doubt deserted to the enemy. It was a gross neglect on the part of the officer in charge of this service in not sending an officer in command on such a duty.

On the night of the 13th a boat expedition of three ships' launches, heavily armed, made an attack on a point at the navy-yard where the boats of our harbor police were moored, and succeeded in setting fire to and destroying a small armed vessel in our service. Our guards were not surprised, but by some strange neglect, which is now under investigation, permitted the success of this daring exploit, led, no doubt, by our deserters. I hope to fix the responsibility and make an example of the guilty parties.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL C. S. ARMY,

Richmond, Va.

OCTOBER 9, 1861.-Action on Santa Rosa Island, Fla.

REPORTS, ETC.

No. 1.-Colonel Harvey Brown, Fifth U. S. Artillery, commanding Department

of Florida.

No. 2.-Major Zealous B. Tower, U. S. Corps of Engineers.

No. 3.-Major Lewis G. Arnold, First U. S. Artillery.

No. 4.-Colonel William Wilson, Sixth New York Infantry.

No. 5.-Captain John McL. Hildt, Third U. S. Infantry.

No. 6.-Lieutenant Chauncey B. Reese, U. S. Corps of Engineers.

No. 7.-Captain James M. Robertson, Second U. S. Artillery.

No. 8.-Captain Richard C. Duryea, First U. S. Artillery.

No. 9.-Lieutenant Alexander N. Shipley, Third U. S. Infantry.

No. 10.-Captain Loomis L. Langdon, First U. S. Artillery.

No. 11.-Lieutenant Francis W. Steeley, Fourth U. S. Artillery.

No. 12.-Lieutenant Richard H. Jackson, First U. S. Artillery.

No. 13.-Congratulatory orders from Major-General McClellan,

U. S. Army.

No. 14.-Major General Braxton Bragg, C. S. Army, commanding at Pensacola,

with congratulatory orders.

No. 15.-Brigadier General Richard H. Anderson, C. S. Army, commanding

expedition.

No. 1. Reports of Colonel Harvey Brown, Fifth U. S. Artillery, commanding Department of Florida.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA, Fort Pickens, October 9, 1861.

COLONEL: The enemy, 1,200 or 1,500 strong, landed on this island this morning, about 3 o'clock, some 3 1/2 or 4 miles from the fort.

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