Friday 11th [October 1861]
Was busy yesterday and the day before copying for Papa. He is writing a letter to the Governor of Virginia asking him to get the state to appropriate one million of dollars to build a hundred Steam launches with which to drive the enemy from our waters.
Last night was the time for the Savannah and the Minnesota to be blown up. It was a beautiful night for the expedition – cloudy and dark. I hope they have succeeded.
Papa got a telegram from cousin Dabney last night asking if he could furnish at once two sub marine batteries for the Potomac but he could not. He only has them made as they are wanted.