War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0071 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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Question. Did you see the men about the gun?

Answer. I did.

Question. What did they seem to be doing?

Answer. To be ramming home a cartridge.

Question. Were there any arms on board the Enchantress?

Answer. There was one musket.

Question. Was that all?

Answer. That was all.

Question. What time did you leave the Enchantress.

Answer. As near as I could judge about 7. 30 o'clock in the evening.

Question. Was it dark?

Answer. Just getting dark.

Question. How long did it take you to get to the brig?

Answer. Some fifteen or twenty minutes. It was about 8 o'clock when we got on board the brig.

Question. During the time you were on board the brig were you down in the cabin?

Answer. I was.

Question. What did you see there?

Answer. All sorts and descriptions of arms all around the cabin hung up in racks.

Question. Small-arms - pistols and things of that board?

Answer. Pistols, cutlasses, rifles.

Question. You have spoken of the men on board her. Were there any marines on board her?

Answer. There were what they called marines.

Question. Armed with muskets or not?

Answer. Sometimes they would be allowed to have muskets and sometimes they would go without them on board the vessel.

Question. Where were those marines posted when you went on board the brig?

Answer. I could not state. It being dark I did not recognize them.

Question. You and Captain Devereux and his son were on board the Jeff. Davis. Who else?

Answer. The remainder of the Enchantress' crew.

Question. How long did you remain on board that brig?

Answer. I was on board her from the evening of the 6th of July until the evening of the 9th.

Question. As a prisoner?

Answer. As a prisoner.

Question. How happened it that you were release from this imprisonment?

Answer. They captured a ship called the Mary Goodell on the afternoon of the 9th, and the captain of the brig told us we could get ready to go on board her as he would release us.

Question. Did the captain give any reason for that?

Answer. He said that the ship was so large that they could not to anything with her; they could not get her into any Southern port.