ted by all under my command to take a more active part in the engagement; but the duty assigned us prevented us from using our guns in passing Fort Morgan except for the purpose of increasing the density of smoke.
I am happy to be able to report that no casualties occurred.
The vessel was struck once in the mainmast.
Report of Lieutenant-Commander G. H. Perkins, commanding U. S. Monitor Chickasaw:
Sir — I have the honor to submit the following report:
At 6 A. M., on Friday, August 5th, in obedience to orders, I got underway, and took my position in the rear of the Winnebago, on the right of the line.
I passed the forts with the rest of the fleet, firing as rapidly as possible.
Afterwards, in obedience to orders, I attacked the rebel rain Tennessee, following her up closely, shooting away her smoke-stack,and firing solid shot at her till her flag was hauled down and a white flag raised.
Her steering gear being shot away, I took her in tow and brought her to ancho
rbarous as the aboriginal owners of the soil whom they had dispossessed of their country.
These Boers flocked on board the British pirate, and were mightily interested in all they saw. They knew that the ship and crew were British, and to this circumstance attributed all the success which had followed the career of the Alabama.
A simon-pure Confederate vessel, officered and manned by Southerners, would have elicited far less enthusiasm in any British port that Semmes visited.
On the 5th of August, the Alabama sailed for Table Bay, encountering on the way her consort the Tuscaloosa, which was sent into Simon's Bay to refit.
The same day the bark Sea-Bride, of Boston, was captured.
This vessel was on a trading voyage to the east coast of Africa with an assorted cargo.
Her capture was witnessed from Cape Town and caused intense excitement among the inhabitants, a majority of whom could not conceal their joy at the seizure of a well-known trading vessel that had often stopped at t