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to be all the impediments between this and Memphis.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Flag-officer, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
Flag-officer Farragut's detailed report of the battles of the Mississippi.
United States Flag-Ship Hartford, at anchor off New Orleans, May 6, 1862.
Sir — I have the honor herewith to forward my report, in detail, of the battle of New Orleans.
On the 23d of March I made all my arrangements for the attack on, and passage of, Forts Jackson and St. Philip.
Every vessel was as well prepared as the ingenuity of her commander and officers could suggest, both for the preservation of life and of the vessel, and, perhaps, there is not on record such a display of ingenuity as has been evinced in this little squadron.
The first was by the engineer of the Richmond, Mr. Moore, by suggesting that the sheet cables be stopped up and down on the sides in the l