distinct view of the enemy and the mingling of so many shells as they converged in the direction of the forts.
The accompanying reports of the acting-masters commanding the mortar vessels are in a comprehensive form furnished by them, and are as full as accuracy will permit.
The following is from the surgeon's report:
Killed: James Laver, ordinary seaman, on board the Arletta, native of Isle of Jersey; struck by an eight-inch solid shot on April 18.
Slightly wounded, disabled: Michael Brady, carpenter's mate of this vessel, aged 32, native of New York; struck by a fragment of a shell on April 19.
Although the enemy's fire was so well directed at times as to threaten the destruction of the vessels, the duties at quarters were performed, and the intervals of rest between watches enjoyed, with commendable coolness and composure throughout the division.
Respectfully yours, Watson Smith, Lieutenant Commanding First Division. Commander D. D. Porter, Commanding U. S. Mortar