comrades of the regiment. He was here mortally wounded. I respectfully request that a medal be presented in his name, so that his bereaved family may possess a memento of the gallantry of a brave soldier who has given his life to his country.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES B. WILSON,
Captain, Commanding 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
New Berne, N. C., December 28, 1864.
Major General B. F. BUTLER,
Commanding Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, in the Field:
GENERAL: I have just received a dispatch from Colonel Frankle, from Plymouth, inclosing a letter from Commander Macomb, in which the latter states that it is perfectly impossible to take the gun-boats above Poplar Point without a land force sufficiently large to drive away the enemy's sharpshooters along the shore, and he estimates that there are 1,500 to 2,000 of them. He also states that the double-enders cannot ascnd the river as far as Poplar Point in less than a week; that the river has to be dragged for torpedoes every time they move, &c. Colonel Frnkle writes that the enemy have assembled some 8,000 men to oppose him, and there are various rumors of Hill's corps having come to North Carolina; that there are many appearances of quite a large body of troops having come from Virginia to occupy the line of the Roanoke, &c. Colonel Frankle does not give credit to all these rumors, but he insists that the enemy have a much larger force than we can send there. General Harland is now on the ground at Plymouth to decide what is best to be done. I consider myself as very unfortunate in not being able to go up to Plymouth myself, but General Harland is cool, and I am willing to trust to his judgment. Some cavalry horses have arrived lately from Washington, and I hear that more are coming. I hope very soon to have at least 600 effective cavalry, and with them I hope to find and opening somewhere on the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad where we can do some fine service.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
I. N. PALMER,
HDQRS. EIGHTH Maryland VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,
December 29, 1864.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: In obedience to Special Orders, Numbers 346, headquarters Army of the potomac, December 22, 1864, extract 7, I have the honor to present the name of Corpl. Isaac B. Conrad, Company D, Eighth Maryland Volunteers, as an enlisted man who is worthy of receiving a medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry. Besides continued meritorious coduct during the campaign, I beg leave to state that in the charge on Laurel Hill May 8, 1864, when the regimental colors were shot twice to the ground by wounding or killing the color-bearer and every one of the color guard and Captain James Bride was killed with the colors in his hand, this young man, then a private not yet twenty years old, jumped