War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0426 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA AND N. C.

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they have that force there. I find upon a fair examination that Ocracoke Inlet had now become quite as good if not better than Hatteras Inlet, while the harbor at the former place in infinitely better, and there is the same depth of water in the swash. At Hatteras, the wasting, drifting, &c., have made Fort Clark perfectly useless. I shall, I think, abandon Clark and re-establish the fort at Ocracoke; have the bar and harbor buoyed out.

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

I. N. PALMER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

New Berne, N. C., May 31, 1864.

Captain MELANCTON SMITH, U. S. Navy,

Senior Naval Officer, Sounds of North Carolina:

CAPTAIN: Yours of yesterday is just received. The Neuse ram I keep under tolerably good surveillance, and for the present she is harmless. The deserters are not well informed about here. I hope for the success of my captain on the Massasoit, but i have my doubts. I know you will assist him in every way in your power. The Rockland steamer goes up to Roanoke to-day, to remain there and to assist you in every way she can. The quartermaster at the island has been notified that she is there for the naval service at the island. Please inform me if she will perform all the duty required by you. Have you ice and vegetables with you? We can send you them occasionally, I think, if you desire.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

I. N. PALMER,

Brigadier-General.

Abstract from return of the Army of the Potomac, Major General George G. Meade, U. S. Army, commanding, for May 31, 1864.

Present for duty.

Command. Offices. Men.

General 53 ..................

headquarters.

Provost Guard 79 1,203

(Patrick).

Engineer Brigade 46 1,809

(Benham).

Battalion U. S. 6 321

Engineers

(Mendell).

Artillery (Hunt). 29 586

Guards and 3 56

orderlies.

Signal Corps 15 211

(Fisher).

Second Army Corps 1,292 25,688

(Hancock).

Fifth Army Corps 878 17,366

(Warren).

Sixth Army Corps 961 21,635

(Wright).

Ninth Army Corps 883 19,047

(Burnside).

Cavalry Corps 674 14,592

(Sheridan).

Total. 4,919 102,514

Pieces of

artillery.

Command. Aggregat Aggregate Heavy. Field.

e present

present. and

absent.

General 53 53 ........ .......

headquarters.

Provost Guard 1,553 2,279 ........ .......

(Patrick).

Engineer Brigade 2,122 2,604 ........ .......

(Benham).

Battalion U. S. 371 432 ........ .......

Engineers

(Mendell).

Artillery (Hunt). 695 812 ........ 30

Guards and 88 96 ........ .......

orderlies.

Signal Corps 238 284 ........ ........

(Fisher).

Second Army Corps 31,153 53,831 ........ 48

(Hancock).

Fifth Army Corps 22,887 38,541 ........ 48

(Warren).

Sixth Army Corps 26,830 38,069 ........ 48

(Wright).

Ninth Army Corps 23,071 35,408 ........ 46

(Burnside).

Cavalry Corps 20,559 31,209 ........ 22

(Sheridan).

Total. 129,620 203,618 ........ 242