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up. I told him I had no other except the United States flag-, and that might mislead him. I then told him that I needed a pilot." He readily and very quickly pulled ashore and returned with one, bringing me a message from Colonel Manigault that I could place implicit confidence in him, to let him take the ship up to Georgetown, and requested me to come ashore and confer with him. In the meantime, the Nashville, having been gotten afloat by me, was placed in charge of this pilot and steamed up to Georgetown.
I went ashore and was received by Colonel Manigault, of the South Carolina forces, with a hearty welcome and with cheers from his troops. Colonel Manigault inquired whether I had seen the blockaders off Georgetown. I replied that I had seen their smoke going off up the coast, whereupon he informed me that this was the first day for many weeks that they had absented themselves from their post in front of the harbor. I proceeded at once to Richmond and reported to S. R. Mallory Secretary of the Navy, who directed me to return to Charleston and confer with Messrs. Fraser, Trenholm & Co., the purchasers of the vessel, and to take all necessary steps to effect her transfer to them as speedily as possible. I went to Charleston, and in concert with them or their agents, the business was closed, they giving the command of the ship, at my request, to Captain Gooding. Being unable to carry out any cargo, on account of the bar, she sailed in ballast, having taken on coal and such crew as could be se- cured for her. She left Georgetown in the broad light of day, flying the Confederate flag, before the blockaders returned to port.
After this she made several successful trips through the block- ade and later was transferred to other parties, and subsequently she was attacked by the enemy and destroyed at the mouth of the Ogeechee River. I am persuaded that the Federals did not know that the Nashville went into Georgetown until it was re- vealed to them by my capture below New Orleans in April, 1862. I had then among my private papers, the rough draft of my re- port to Secretary Mallory, in which I had announced to him the escape of the vessel from Morehead City and her entrance into