January 27 1863
I will thank you to inform me
how I am to dispose of the Nine Canoes I
have Captured. the greater number are excellent
boats and must be of Value
Your obt. Servant
T. J. Linnekin
actg Master Comdg.
E.R. McCrea Esqr
Lt Commander & Adjutant
U.S.S. "Jacob Bell"
[written at bottom of page in red ink]
The above letter was not forwarded,
the Canoes being Carried away and broken
up in a gale on the Rappahannock on
the 28th Instant.
(signed) T. J. Linnekin
January 30" 1863