|Chase had his clerk transcribe a somewhat shortened version of this letter into his journal for 1862. Since that version appears in Chase Papers, 1:336-38, variations between it and this version in Chase's hand will not be detailed here, nor will all the annotation accompanying the journal version be repeated here.|
|Egbert L. Viele.|
|The ship traveled between Fortress Monroe and Cherrystone Point, on Virginia's Eastern Shore above Cape Charles. According to Edwin Stanton, the 282-ton sidewheel steamer was the "fastest vessel that could be chartered." Lytle, Merchant Vessels, 127; New York Times, May 12, 1862; ORN, ser. 1, v. 7:173.|
|Three tugs from the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron operated at the time in the area of Hampton Roads (the stretch of water where the James River meets Chesapeake Bay): the USS Cohasset, under R. Berry, acting master's mate; USS Young America, first assistant engineer James Hamilton commanding; and USS Zouave, piloted by John A. Phillips. ORN, ser. 1, v. 7:237, 246.|
|USS Stevens Battery.|
|The Rip Raps was a small island in Hampton Roads between Fortress Monroe and the Confederate-held shore opposite. Official Atlas, pl. 18; ORN, ser. 1, v. 6:310-13.|
Autograph letter. Port Royal Correspondence, Records of Civil War Special Agencies of the Treasury Department (Record Group 366), National Archives ( micro 20:0505).
Gen Benhams Quarters Wednesday 2 ½ PM--
Dear Mr Chase.
I wrote the enclosed communication or rather copied it on my way down from Beaufort to Hilton Head today on my way to see the General Commanding.1 Passing from the wharf to Gen Benham's quarters, about one PM Col Nobles came out from Col Reynolds quarters, accosted me with abusive language, damning me for reporting him to the Treasury Dept, then before I was aware of his purpose, struck me violently on the head, and knocking me down, continued to beat me. I got up again--and warded off his blows, retreating as he advanced & calling for the guard who came and interfered. The blows on the head were quite severe and I feel them still. He made [one] mark on the lip. I have reported the case to Benham who listened to the account, and conferred with Gen Hunter. Gen B invited me to dine with him -- and we have just come in from his dinner. Gen B is just finishing some