Order of Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, U S. Navy, to Captain Green, U S. Navy, senior officer off Charleston, enjoining vigilance against plans of the enemy on the destruction oft he Federal fleet.
Off Morris Island, January 15, 1864.
SIR: The Navy Department has received information that the rebels have a plan to blow up this fleet, and considers it of sufficient importance to inform me thereof.
I can hardly think that the design would extend beyond the ironclads that constitute the inner blockade, for the outer vessels are distant and difficult of access.
Still, it would be unwise to omit any proper precautions, and I therefore advise that you will take such measures as may suffice to defeat any attempt of the kind.
I enclose for your information the directions prescribed to the ironclads. You can use these or whatever else may seem more adaptable to the purpose.
Let this be circulated among the commanders of the vessels outside for their guidance.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. A. DAHLGREN,
Rear-Admiral, Comdg. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Captain JOSEPH F. GREEN,
Cmndg. U. S. S. Canandaigua, Senior Officer off Charleston Bar
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion; Series I - Volume 15: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 1, 1863 - September 30, 1864), 1902, U.S. Government Printing Office
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