gradually sank underneath, leaving her bow resting on the shore and above water.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant, T. Bailey, Captain. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
United States Gun-Boat Cayuga, May 5, 1862.
Sir — I have the honor to enclose a copy (with slight verbal alteration) of the very hasty report drawn up at the last moment and sent to the flag-officer.
My absence on special duty immediately after the action, and the necessity of forwully,
Your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Commanding Flotilla. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
Report of Commander W. B. Renshaw, United States steamer Westfield.
United States Steamer Westfield, Mississippi River, May 5, 1862.
Sir — Agreeably to your order, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the United States steamer Westfield, under my command, since her arrival in the Mississippi River.
Upon our reaching Pass à l'outre, on
the gun-boats extricate themselves from a dilemma.
notice of Lieutenant Cushing, his attack on the town of Jacksonville and his gallant defence of the Ellis.
capture of Fort Macon by the Army and Navy.
surrender of Yorktown, May 5, 1862.
co-operation of the Navy.
attack on Sewell's Point by Flag-officer Goldsborough.
evacuation of Sewell's Point and Craney Island.
Merrimac blown up by the Confederates, June 11.
Susquehanna, Seminole and Dakota anchor before Norfolk.
thend Navy are somewhat obscure, but it appears that a good deal of damage was inflicted upon the fort in spite of a heavy sea, which rendered the firing from the vessels somewhat uncertain.
The gun-boats themselves suffered little damage.
On May 5, 1862, Yorktown was evacuated by the Confederates, and General McClellan telegraphed to Captain Wm. Smith of the Wachusett to assist in communicating with Gloucester and to send some of the gun-boats up York River to reconnoitre.
The flotilla was