Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadron, Mobile Bay.
As soon as Fort Morgan had surrendered, Farragut ordered the channel raked for torpedoes.
Twenty-one were taken up, but most of them had lain so long in the water that they had, fortunately, become harmless.
In consequence of this, the seamen became somewhat careless in handling them, and one torpedo exploded, killing and wounding the following named persons:
Killed — C. E. Milliken (Ord.
Mortally wounded — Isaac Young (Ord.
Sea.); John Miller (Sea.), Robert G. White (Sea.), George Thompson (Sea.)--all of U. S. S. Seminole.
Wounded seriously--Pilot Martin Freeman, U. S. S. Hartford; Acting-Ensign John White; H. J. O'Brien (Qr.
Mr.); William Howard (Lds.); James McDonald (Sea.), all of the Metacomet; and Boatswain Charles White, of the Seminole.
Slightly wounded — Henry Chester (Sea.); Edward Mann (O. S.); Thomas Webster (Lds.)--U. S. S. Seminole. <