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would not go. He told him finally he would go if he would allow him to pick thirty men from the force. The commander acquiesced, and the men were selected. Fifteen were placed in one boat and fifteen in another, and they started off in their transports to run the blockade under the charge of Mr. Sherman.
In one of their engagements they drove the enemy from their stronghold, which they evacuated after Sherman's force had captured some forty prisoners, who were conveyed to a place of safety.
As Sherman's transports approached the blockade in the stillness of the night, the commander of a gunboat offered to approach the fort on one side and draw their fire on them, to allow Sherman's transports to pass the blockade; and they were successful in running it without a shot hitting them. And still another blockade they were obliged to pass before they could get through. Another gunboat commander offered to go up one side and draw the fire from the fort upon them. This was accomplished, and Sherman's transports passed through successfully without a shot injuring them. They reached their destination after the hazardous passage and unloaded the supplies to the great pleasure of the force stationed at Little Washington.
One of the officers on duty ordered him to proceed to a certain place with his men. He told him he would not and was arrested for disobedience of orders; but when this officer found he had another order from a superior officer, he was released to carry out the latter's order.
He was then ordered to return with his transports and men to Newbern and report back after the completion of his trip.
On his arrival at Newbern, he reported to Gen. Foster, the general commanding, and said to him that his orders were to return and report back there. "By whose orders?" he inquired. "General ," he replied. "Well," the
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