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Civil War Harper's Weekly, October 26, 1861

We have one of the most extensive collections of Civil War Harper's Weekly newspapers in the country. We have posted our collection on-line for your perusal and study. These original newspapers are a valuable source of original material on the war. Of particular interest is the incredible wood cut illustrations created by eye-witnesses to the events depicted.

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Chickamacomico Battle

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VOL. V.—No. 252.]





Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1861, by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.



WE publish herewith a portrait of LIEUTENANT BRAINE, U.S.N., commander of the Monticello, and on page 677 an illustration of the SHELLING OF THE REBELS near Chickamacomico, North Carolina, by the Monticello. The details of the conflict are thus accurately described in the Herald's letter from Hatteras: On the morning of the 4th instant, about daylight, the look-outs of Colonel Brown's encampment, consisting of about eight hundred men of the Twentieth Indiana regiment, located some thirty miles above this place, reported six rebel steamers, with schooners and flat-boats in tow, all loaded with troops, coming out of Croatan Sound and steering straight for the encampment. There was no time to be lost, for it was evident their numbers were too great to resist without artillery, supported as they would be by the guns of the steamers. The Colonel immediately dispatched a courier to inform Colonel Hawkins, at Fort Hatteras, of his situation, stating that he would retreat to the light-house on the Cape, and there make a stand.  The steamers landed about fifteen hundred men three miles above Colonel Brown, and then came on down, throwing shells into the tents, destroying them, also a house which had been used as a hospital, killing what sick remained therein. They then passed on down and commenced landing troops below, intending to cut off all re-treat, and, having them between their two forces, make sure, no doubt, of bagging Colonel Brown and his men at their leisure. But they were not quick enough; for Colonel B. hastily destroyed what he could not carry off with him, and left on the double quick, and succeeded in reaching the light-house about nine in the evening, having per-formed a rapid march through the heavy sand. Colonel Hawkins, upon receiving the information from Colonel Brown, dispatched a note to Captain Lardner, of the Susquehanna, informing him of the condition of affairs, and then started on the double quick, with six companies of his Zouaves, to reinforce the retreating troops. Captain Lardner immediately got the Susquehanna under way, at the same time ordering the Monticello to do the same, and proceeded up and anchored in Light-house cove, about eight o'clock in the evening, within half gunshot of the light. At the request of Colonel Hawkins, Capt. Lardner remained at anchor to protect the troops against such superior numbers as were supposed to be in pursuit of them. He at the same time ordered the Monticello to double Cape Hatteras, and proceed close along the shore, and see if he could discover any traces of the enemy. lie had proceeded but a short distance when the rebels were discovered in full plume and within half gunshot ; the Monticello opened fire on them at once with shells that

exploded with the utmost precision, scattering them in all directions, killing and wounding them by hundreds. The fire continued till night, when they escaped.


was born in New York, May 18, 1829, therefore is 32 years of age. His mother was a Miss Hamilton, and father A. L. Braine, both New Yorkers. He entered the navy, as midshipman, May 30, 1846, at the age of 17; received his present commission in 1855. Of the fifteen years in the navy nearly twelve have been passed at sea. Was on hoard the John d dams at the bombardment of Vera Cruz; on board the St. Louis when Duncan N. Ingraham demanded the release of Kotszka ; on coast-survey duty at Charleston and James River, under J. N. Maffit's command, for two years ; then ordered to the coast of Africa; returned with a slaver. Was a few months on board the receiving ship North Carolina, and was ordered from there to join the Roanoke, stationed at Aspinwall. He sailed in the North Star October 20, 1859, to join his ship. She ran aground, and Lieutenant Braine took a boat and went to Fortune Island for assistance to the steamer. He was two days in an open boat. Returned to the United States with the Japanese Embassy; and again received orders to the North Carolina, where he remained until last spring, when he volunteered to join Captain Ward's flotilla; but ere the flotilla sailed Lieutenant Braine was detailed by the flag-officer to take command of the Monticello at one day's notice, and the, Monticello sailed for Fortress Monroe. The Monticello was in the expedition to Hatteras, where she got aground ; eleven shots struck her, and she was sent to the Philadelphia Navy-yard for repairs. She has captured several vessels; and this last affair at Hatteras Inlet shows that her first lieutenant—now ordered by the Department commander of the Monticello—has ever been active and prompt.

Our portrait of LIEUTENANT BRAINE is from a photograph by Messrs. A. MORAND & Co., of 297 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N. Y., whose establishment is one of the best and most extensive in the country.


Lieutenant Braine
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