JUNE 16TH, 1864: A minor joint Army-Navy expedition left New Bern NC under Acting Lt.Graves of the USS Louisiana. he had a detachment of sailors from his ship and a dozen soldiers. They embarked on the Army transport Ella May and were accompanied by the small sidewheeler USS Ceres.
Near the mouth of the Pamlico River they captured the schooners Iowa, Mary Emma and Jenny Lind and destroyed two others.
The USS Valley City joined them and they spent five more days on the Pamlico River before returning to New Bern on June 23.