ur own boat, with an armed crew, and ascended the river on the east bank.
3. Sub-Assistant R. E. Halter went with another of our boats and an armed crew to the Salt Works, to occupy with a theodoliata.
You see they kept us pretty busy.
April 20.--Early in the morning, Messrs. Oltmanns and Halter made the rounds of the mortar vessels at the request of the commander of the flotilla, and changJump, and took the opportunity to reconnoitre that passage more specially.
At sundown, I sent Mr. Halter to the commander of the flotilla to report that we did not see anything of his boat, but that orts from here.
We also ascertained the distance by bearings on Forts St. Philip and Jackson. Mr. Halter reported again to me, and was sent out at 8 o'clock in the evening to stake out the boat channrning.
In the afternoon, I sent Messrs. Oltmanns and Harris to Fort Bayou to put up a signal--Mr. Halter having found out in the morning that both signals at this place and at Raccoon Point were lost