[from the letterbook of Captain Thomas J. Linnekin]
U.S. Steamer "Currituck"
Dividing Creek, Va.
January 12 " 1863
I beg to report on my arrival here from
information obtained from a Negro I proceeded to the
South West Branch, and found a large Manufactory for
Salt in a Steam Saw Mill owned by a man named
Oscar Yerby. he has been extensively engaged in Supplying
Richmond with Salt. I sent a party on shore in charge
of the executive Officer to destroy the work they
destroyed all the Kettles &c with the Exception of the
Boiler, which they were unable to destroy owing
to its being very heavily bricked round and unless
we burned the Mill and a large quantity of Lumber
I left word for Yerby to discontinue the Manufactory
of Salt. Otherwise I would raise all his buildings
to the ground at some future day.
I also ascertained that vessels run in here, with
Contraband Goods, very frequently, furnishing the
inhabitants with all they needed. Not having
any chart of the place I did not venture in until
to day. the weather being so moderate I successfully
Entered. now that I am acquainted with the Entrance
to the Creek I shall Keep a sharp look out, as
long as I am on this Station.
Your obt Servant
T. J. Linnekin
acting Master Comdg.
Comdg Potomac Flotilla