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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
designated in verbal orders will accompany you to the Tombigbee. Suitable officers, engineers and crews to navigate the surrendered vessels will accompany you to the place of surrender, and they alone will man them. Very respectfully, H. K. Thatcher, Acting-Rear-Admiral, Commanding West Gulf Squadron. Commander Edward Simpson, Fleet Captain, West Gulf Squadron. Report of fleet-captain Edward Simpson. United States Flag-Ship Stockdale, West Gulf Squadron, off Mobile, Ala., May 11, 1865. Sir — I have the honor to report that, in obedience to your order, I proceeded in the iron-clad steamer Cincinnati on the 19th instant up the Tombigbee River to Nanna Hubba Bluff for the purpose of receiving the surrender of the vessels under the command of Commodore Ebenezer Farrand, of the Confederate States Navy. The iron-clad steamer Chickasaw and the tin-clad Nyanza accompanied the Cincinnati. On the morning of the 10th instant the vessels had all assembled at the bluff. Lieut