my part to murder your women and children, and made your letter so offensive that it will terminate our intercourse; and so soon as General Butler arrives with his forces, I shall turn over the charge of the city to him and assume my naval duties.
Very respectfully, etc., D. G. Farragut, Flag-officer, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. His Honor The Mayor And City Council of New Orleans.
Reports of Captain T. Bailey, Second in command.
United States Gun-Boat Cayuga, At Sea, May 7, 1862.
Sir — Having found it impossible to get the Colorado over the bars of the Mississippi, I sent a large portion of her guns and crew, filling up deficiencies of both in the different vessels, and, with my aid, Act. Midshipman Higginson, steward, and boat's crew, followed up myself, hoisting, by authority of the flag-officer, my red, distinguishing flag as second in command, first on the Oneida, Commander Lee, and afterwards on the Cayuga.
That brave, resolute, and indefatigable offic
partment in regular order, and being quickly recorded as they were received, it happens that many of the events of the war are narrated out of their proper order, and the earlier performances are behind the later ones.
This cannot well be helped, and it would probably make confusion if the writer attempted to remedy the evil.
When General McClellan had captured Yorktown he almost immediately moved part of his army up the river in transports in the direction of West Point.
On the 7th of May, 1862, Lieutenant T. H. Stevens reported that, hearing the firing of heavy cannon, he proceeded on board the
Lieutenant Leonard Paulding.
Wachusett, for the purpose of joining his command, which he had passed on the way up; when General Franklin telegraphed him that he was attacked by a superior force and desired the assistance of the gun-boats--that he wanted immediate support, etc.
At this moment the gun-boat Maratanza was engaged.
two miles below.
in endeavoring to haul the gun-