the enemy and destroy his defences, I deem it unnecessary to enter into any further detail of the exploits performed by the Mississippi, as we all must share alike in the honor of your victory.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Melancton Smith, Commander United States Navy. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Division Gulf Blockading Squadron.
Report of Commander Charles S. Boggs, United States steamer Varuna.
United States Steam Gun-Boat Cayuga, At sea, May 8, 1862.
Sir — I have the honor to enclose herewith a duplicate of the report of Commander Boggs, late of the Varuna.
and attached to my division of the attacking force.
This gallant officer came up to my support when I had more of the enemy's steamers attacking me than I could well attend to. I afterwards saw him in conflict with three of the enemy's steamers, and directed Commander Lee, of the Oneida, to go to his support, which he did in the most dashing manner.
Commander Bogg's descri