ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 19.
Richmond, January 24, 1865.
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XXIX. Lieutenant Colonel John S. Saunders, C. S. Army, will proceed to Raleigh, N. C., and under advisement with Lieutenant-General Holmes make an inspection of the various departments in that State. He is empowered, where light-duty men are on detail [and] are believed on reasonable grounds to be fit for field duty, to have them brought before the nearest hospital or other medical boards for examination.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
HOWLETT'S, January 24, 1865.
President JEFFERSON DAVIS:
Owing to the grounding of the Virginia, the squadron was unable to pass the obstructions. Late, the Richmond and Drewry grounded under the enemy's batteries; the latter has been destroyed. The others will come off, I think, at high water at 10. The other vessels are above this point.
J. TAYLOR WOOD,
Colonel, and Aide-de-Camp.
(Copy to Honorable S. R. Mallory.)
CHAFFIN'S BLUFF, January 24, 1865.
Captain S. S. LEE,
Officer of Orders and Detail:
The torpedo gotten afloat early this morning and is now with the fleet near Howlett's. It was the Drewry and not the Nansemond that was blown up. I understand that she was set on fire by the enemy's shells, and that her crew escaped before she blew up. Casualties in the fleet thus far-1 man killed and 8 wounded. All of the vessels are now afloat and under Battery Dantzler; and the flag officer expects to go through the obstructions at high tide to-night. The Fredericksburg was returned nd is now other obstructions little farther down the river. I have silenced Signal Hill battery.
W. L. BRADFORD,
Lieutenant, Commanding Battery Semmes.
WILMINGTON, January 24, 1865.
His Excellency Governor VANCE,
Your note just received, and gives me great relief. Most unpleasant rumors had reached us. When you can be spared from more important labors a visit to this place would be attended with good result. The usual despondency following a disaster is giving place to a better feeling even now.