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Cooper, G.H. to Charles Steedman - U.S. Massachusetts off Fernandina - Sept. 4, 1862 - Transcript

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Cooper, G.H. to Charles Steedman - U.S. Massachusetts off Fernandina - Sept. 4, 1862 - Transcript
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Massachusetts
Off Fernandina Sept. 4 [1862]

I am so sorry that we could not communicate with you off St. Johns especially as you are
covering yourself all over with glory. We arrived off the mouth of the river yesterday at
5 pm. This morning the Cimmaron's Launch came off and I could not obtain any
satisfactory information from the officer; therefore I thought it advisable to chase the
Uncas up to this place and freight her with the fresh supplies for your flat which I hope
will meet with your approbation and send you a large supply of Ice. Captain Godon
[S.W. Godon] whose headquarters are on board of the Vermont- the Admiral having gone
home- is anxious to get this ship North with the news about your success. Every little
helps the Cause at this time. I sent in by the Boat this morning a file of papers for you
containing all the enlisting news. Now for the Trunk it has been put on board of the liner
Baldwin sent it on board of this ship at Port Royal, with the baggage of the officers and
crew of the Adirondack. No message or word to me of course it was put below in the
hold, and fortunately I received your note in New York and trust it will reach you safely,
thanks to you for wishing me a better command. The Dept. [Department] have promised
me one, when they can find a relief for me in this trade perhaps I may be detached on my
return. I am tired of coasting and being a [Butcher?] however as long as I am here you
must command my services. Ganswood was up before the grand Tribunal when we
sailed. Goldsborough [Commodore Louis M. Goldsborough], Smith [Rear Admiral
Joseph Smith?] and Marchand [Captain John B. Marchand] will decide his fate. Preble
[Commander George Henry Preble] has been dismissed for letting the Oreto get into
Mobile.* Armstrong took a fine prize off New Inlet, N.C. last Sunday morning: a large
propeller square rigged on the fore & Main. Scott is the Senior Officer there in the
Maratanza. John Goldsborough is ordered to the Lackawanna fitting at New York.
Drayton [Captain Percival Drayton] is to have an Iron Clad, the Passaic, it is rumored that
Stephens was to take the Pawnee the Monitor was too Hot for him. Ammen [Daniel
Ammen] has gone home for an Iron Clad. Rhind [Alexander Colden Rhind] is detailed
for a new fashioned one, built by contract something like a Turtle, he does not fancy the
change. [Worden?] captured 6 distinguished gentlemen last week on Folly Island. The
steamer Angello tried to run in, was driven off. The Penobscot could not catch her. She
ran in the second time for Stono and got aground. These gentlemen left in a boat and
were taken they have all been agents abroad, they are my distinguished guests, and are
very dignified, one by the name of Jones was formerly in our Marine Corps. My kind
regards to all.

Respect. [Respectfully]Yours
G. H. Cooper

The Mail for your Squadron except the Patroon was sent in by the Boat.


Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2009









*Note: For more information see George Henry Preble, The Chase of the Rebel Steamer
of War Oreto, Commander J.N. Maffitt, C.S.N. into the Bay of Mobile by the United
States Steam Sloop Oneida, Commander Geo. Henry Preble, U.S.N., September 4, 1862.
Cambridge: Allen and Farnham, Printers, 1862




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Massachusetts Off Fernandina Sept. 4 [1862] I am so sorry that we could not communicate with you off St. Johns especially as you are covering yourself all over with glory. We arrived off the mouth of the river yesterday at 5 pm. This morning the Cimmarons Launch came off and I could not obtain any satisfactory information from the officer; th erefore I thought it a dvisable to chase the Uncas up to this place and freight her with the fresh supplies for your flat which I hope will meet with your approbation and send you a large supply of Ice. Captain Godon [S.W. Godon] whose headquarters are on board of the Vermontthe Admiral having gone homeis anxious to get this ship North with the news about your success. Every little helps the Cause at this time. I sent in by th e Boat this morning a file of papers for you containing all the enlisting news. Now for th e Trunk it has been put on board of the liner Baldwin sent it on board of this ship at Port Royal, with the bagga ge of the officers and crew of the Adirondack. No message or word to me of course it was put below in the hold, and fortunately I received your note in New York and trust it will reach you safely, thanks to you for wishing me a better comma nd. The Dept. [Department] have promised me one, when they can find a relief for me in this trade perhaps I may be detached on my return. I am tired of coasting and being a [Butcher?] however as long as I am here you must command my services. Ganswood wa s up before the grand Tribunal when we sailed. Goldsborough [Commodore Louis M. Goldsborough], Smith [Rear Admiral Joseph Smith?] and Marchand [Captain John B. Marchand] will decide his fate. Preble [Commander George Henry Preble] has been dismissed for letting the Oreto get into Mobile.* Armstrong took a fine prize off New In let, N.C. last Sunday morning: a large propeller square rigged on the fore & Main. Scott is the Senior Officer there in the Maratanza. John Goldsborough is ordered to the Lackawanna fitting at New York. Drayton [Captain Percival Drayton] is to have an Iron Clad, the Passaic, it is rumored that Stephens was to take the Pawnee the Monitor was too Hot for him. Ammen [Daniel Ammen] has gone home for an Iron Clad. Rhi nd [Alexander Colden Rhind] is detailed for a new fashioned one, built by contract something like a Turtle, he does not fancy the change. [Worden?] captured 6 distinguished gentlemen last week on Folly Island. The steamer Angello tried to run in, was driven off. The Penobscot could not catch her. She ran in the second time for Stono and got agr ound. These gentlemen left in a boat and were taken they have all been agents abroa d, they are my distinguished guests, and are very dignified, one by the name of Jones was formerly in our Marine Corps. My kind regards to all. Respect. [Respectfully]Yours G. H. Cooper The Mail for your Squadron except the Patroon was sent in by the Boat. Transcribed by Nicole J. Mila no, University of Florida, 2009

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*Note: For more informati on see George Henry Preble, The Chase of the Rebel Steamer of War Oreto, Commander J.N. Maffitt, C.S.N into the Bay of Mobile by the United States Steam Sloop Oneida, Commander Ge o. Henry Preble, U.S.N., September 4, 1862 Cambridge: Allen and Farnham, Printers, 1862