ability and gallantry (assisted by First-Master Hoel, of the gun-boat Cincinnati), below New Madrid, which enabled the Army to cross the Mississippi at that point, and to secure, with the aid of the flotilla above, the possession of Island No.10, and the adjacent batteries on the Tennessee shore. A. H. Foote, Flag-officer. Commanding Naval Forces, Western Waters off Fort Pillow, April 22, 1862.
Engagement of the Carondelet and Pittsburg with the enemy in the vicinity of New Madrid, April 6th, 1862.
U. S. Flag Steamer Benton, Island No.10, April 11, 1862.
Sir:--I have the honor to enclose a report from Commander Walke, of the gun-boat Carondelet, detailing the services rendered by him, and the Pittsburg, Lieutenant-Commander Thompson, in the vicinity of New Madrid; from which it will be seen that the boats opened upon, and effectually silenced and captured several heavy batteries on the Tennessee side of the river, on the 6th and 7th instants, without which destruction it