troops being forwarded via Weldonto Richmond & railroad siezed for that purpous. Do not apprehend further demonstration in North Carolina" DfS (telegram sent), DLC-Benjamin F. Butler; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 1000.
On July 12, Butler wrote to USG. "I have the honor to forward the sworn testimony of Saml. Johnson as to the occurrences at Plymouth after its capture— The man is intelligent, was examined by me and duly cautioned as to the necessity of telling the exact truth, and this, is his reiterated statement, in which I have confidence as to its main features and substantial accuracy—It seems very clear to me that something should be done in retaliation for this outrage—Many prisoners have been taken from the 8th N. C. Regt. —The 6th, is still at Plymouth— Were I commanding independently in the field I should take this matter into my own hands, but now deem it my duty to submit it to the better and cooler judgment of the Lieut Gen Com'dg—For myself, at the present moment, I am far too much moved by the detail of these occurrences, to act in the matter—" LS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., II, vii, 459. Butler enclosed a statement of Sgt. Samuel Johnson, 2nd U. S. Colored Cav., who had recently entered U. S. lines. At the time of the capture of Plymouth, he had dressed himself in civilian clothes; he reported that all black troops found in uniform had been killed. DS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., II, vii, 459-60. See ibid., p. 468.
Head Quarters, Armies in the Field,
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 24th 1864
MAJ. GEN Q. A. GILMORE,
COMD. G DEFT. OF THE SOUTH,
Herewith I send you copy of letter from Adml. Dahlgren 1 to the Sec. of the Navy, and one from the latter to Military Authorities recommending certain movements near Charleston S. C. The letters explain themselves. Please read them and send me your views on the proposed movements.
Not knowing the situation of affairs about Charleston, and particularly since the withdrawel of so many of your forces, I can give