a, 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 description of the loss of his vessel I believe to be accurate.
I saw him bravely fighting, his guns level with the water, as his vessel gradually sank underneath, leaving her bow resting on the shore and above water.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant, T. Bailey, Captain. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
United States Gun-Boat Cayuga, May 5, 1862.
Sir — I have the honor to enclose a copy (with slight verbal alteration) of the very hasty r