cruise from Lieutenant Read, who courteously answered all questions.
He collated his report with all important memorandums from his private note-book furnished the Commandant, namely:
Lieutenant Read reported on board the Florida in Mobile at the close of 1862.
He describes her as a small sloop-of-war, eight rifled guns, and one hundred and twenty men. January sixteenth, left Mobile Bay with steam and every sail set to topmast studding sail, making fourteen and a half knots.
On the seventeenth, at daylight, saw a big sloop — of war, supposed to be the Brooklyn, which passed within half a mile, showed three lights, and passed to the northward.
Nineteenth, burned brig Estella.
Early on the morning of the twenty-second, left Havana and steamed to the eastward; burned the brig Windward, letting the crew go in a small boat.
Off Cardenas light burned the Corris Ann, and she drifted into Cardenas harbor. Thirty-first, was chased by a Federal gunboat, but had the heels of her. Febru