e opening for the passage of the fleet.
Not to make the narrative too tedious, we here insert Admiral Porter's report of the building of the dam, etc., and it will show the credit given to every one engaged.
We are sure a comparison of this report with the published evidence of General Banks will convince any one of the Admiral's impartiality:
Passage of the Falls by the fleet.--report of Rear-Admiral David D. Porter.Flag-Ship Black Hawk, Mississippi Squadron Mouth of Red River, May 16, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the vessels lately caught by low water above the Falls at Alexandria have been released from their unpleasant position.
The water had fallen so low that I had no hope or expectation of getting the vessels out this season, and as the army had made arrangements to evacuate the country, I saw nothing before me but the destruction of the best part of the Mississippi squadron.
There seems to have been an especial Providence looking out for us in