of the Department that you seemed to consider in the way, may I ask if you see any impropriety in my requesting a Board of Inquiry, in order to get the facts on record, since the truth of history, my duty to my officers, and to my family, requires that I should see it done while I am here to do it.
I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant, Theodorus Bailey, Rear-Admiral U. S. Navy. To Admiral D. G. Farragut, U. S. Navy.
Admiral Farragut's reply.
New York, April 3, 1869.
My dear admiral — I have received your letter of the 1st, and am really at a loss to understand how you, or even historians can take the views you express in relation to the part in the memorable fight in the Mississippi in 1862.
I have just re-read my report of May 6th, and your two reports following, and cannot conceive how you could be more prominently mentioned to the Department.
In the former, you are reported as leading the right column in the gun-boat Cayuga, as having p