coolness and composure throughout the division.
Respectfully yours, Watson Smith, Lieutenant Commanding First Division. Commander D. D. Porter, Commanding U. S. Mortar Flotilla, Mississippi River.
Report of Lieutenant-Commander Walter W. Queen, Second division mortar flotilla.
United States Schooner T. A. Ward, Mississippi River, May 3, 1862.
Sir — I beg leave to submit to you the following report of the second division of the mortar flotilla:
On the morning of the 18th of April, 1862, my vessel was towed into position by the United States steamer Miami at 8.30 A. M. I anchored 3,900 yards below Fort Jackson, on the eastern bank of the river.
The schooners of my division anchored astern of me in the following order, viz: Matthew Vassar, George Mangham, Adolph Hugel, Maria J. Carlton, and Sydney C. Jones, the Orvetta having previously taken a position on the western bank of the river, and thus being separated from the division.
Both forts immediately opened on us