In addition, at this time the enemy were building a number of heavy gun-boats along the Mississippi; among them, at New Orleans, the iron-plated Louisiana, of sixteen guns (which vessel figured so prominently in Farragut's attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip), and the ram, Arkansas.
The following letter will throw some light on the siege of Island No.10, and give credit where it is justly due:
Secretary Welles to Flag-officer Foote.
By telegraph from Navy Yard, Washington, April 10, 1862. To Flag-officer Foote, Commanding Gun-boat Flotilla:
A nation's thanks are due to you, and the brave officers and men of the flotilla on the Mississippi, whose labor and gallantry at Island 10, which surrendered to you yesterday, has been watched with intense interest.
Your triumph is not the less appreciated because it was protracted and finally bloodless.
To that Being who has protected you through so many perils, and carried you onward to successive victories, be praise, for His