ate their condition.
In the performance of this duty, please state the cause of any damage you may discover, with such recommendations as, in your judgment, you may deem proper.
I am, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant, John K. Mitchell, Commanding C. S. Naval Forces, Lower Mississippi River.
Captain Huger will fill up the blanks with the names of the two engineers he thinks most suitable for the service, belonging to the McRae.
C. S. steamer Louisiana, April 22, 1862. Samuel Brock, Senior Engineer, McRae:
Sir: In obedience to your order, we have held a survey upon the steamer Belle Algerine and the tug Mosher.
The latter has, we think, loosened the after-bearing of her shaft.
This we can, I think, obviate in a few hours.
The Belle Algerine leaks badly in the bows from two holes knocked in her, the Captain reports, while working in the raft, and also while landing guns at Fort St. Philip.
This we can also remedy, and are now doing so. I trust by to-night bot