Late Yankee papers have the following paragraph:
A very daring and hazardous expedition, which proved quite successful, was undertaken by Capt. Cushing, of the United States Navy, in the vicinity of Wilmington, NC on the 24th ult, in a cutter with only sixteen men. He ran ashore, concealed his men by day, and made a regular reconnaissance of the suburbs of Wilmington. He captured a courier with valuable mail, took several prisoners, and ran the gauntlet of the rebel gunboats in getting back, which he did safely, after an absence of three days and two nights.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, July 18, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org