misfortune in this mistake was that the error stood recorded so long without correction.
He should have had it rectified at once, for his position in the Navy was materially affected by it.
History set right.
The following correspondence is reproduced from the files of the Navy Department.
We publish it in justice both to the truth of history and to the reputation of those gallant officers whom it most concerns.
Rear-Admiral Bailey to Admiral Farragut.
Washington, D. C., April 1, 1869.
My dear admiral — I feel compelled to call your attention to an oversight of which I spoke to you some time since, and which has afforded me and other officers the keenest annoyance, by historical statements growing out of the omission to make the desired correction.
You recollect that when the Colorado, under my command, was found (after lightening her) to draw too much water to be got over the bar into the Mississippi River, I applied to you for the command of a division of gun-