JANUARY 9TH, 1865: Secretary Welles notified Commander F.A. Parker, commanding the Potomac Flotilla, of intelligence that Confederate agents enroute Richmond were crossing the Potomac River by India rubber boats at night in the vicinity of Port Tobacco, Maryland.
"These messengers," the report warned, "wear metal buttons, upon the inside of which dispatches are most minutely photographed, not perceptible to the naked eye, but are easily read bu the aid of a powerful lens."
Also, this date: The USS Wyalusing captured the schooner Triumph at the mouth of the Perquimans River, N.C., with a cargo including a large quantity of salt.
JANUARY 10TH, 1865: The USS Valley City seized the steamer Philadelphia in the Chowan River, N.C., with cargo including tobacco and cotton.