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gunboats the moment the stage of water admitted, and had also requested General Allen, at St. Louis, to despatch up to Eastport a steam-tug ferry-boat. The Admiral, ever prompt and ready to assist us, had two gunboats up at Eastport under Captain Phelps, the very day after my arrival at Iuka, and Captain Phelps had a coal-barge decked over with which to cross horses and wagons before the arrival of the ferry-boat. Sitll following literally the instructions of General Halleck, I pushed forCaptain Phelps had a coal-barge decked over with which to cross horses and wagons before the arrival of the ferry-boat. Sitll following literally the instructions of General Halleck, I pushed forward the repairs of the railroad, and ordered General Blair, with his two leading divisions, to drive the enemy beyond Tuscumbia. This he did successfully, after a pretty severe fight at Cane Creek, occupying Tuscumbia on the twenty-seventh of October. In the mean time many important changes in command had occurred, which I must note here, to a proper understanding of the case. General Grant had been called from Vicksburgh and sent to Chattanooga to command the three armies of the Ohio, C
to pass. By previous arrangement, Lieutenant Commander Phelps, in the Eastport, was ordered to pu I beg leave to inclose copy of Lieutenant Commanders S. L. Phelps's report. Very respectfully, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Lieutenant Commander S. L. Phelps, Commanding Eastport. Report very respectfully, your obedient servant, S. L. Phelps, Lieutenant Commander. Rear-Admiral David of our steam pump-boats, then due. Lieutenant Commander Phelps had already sent a tug down for theeutenant Commander commanding the Eastport, S. L. Phelps, had done all that man could do to save hise boats. I inclose the report of Lieutenant Commanding Phelps, from the time of his first misfort, cool, and zealous manner in which Lieutenant Commander Phelps worked to get his vessel out of herr R. Townsend, commanding Essex; Lieutenant Commander S. L. Phelps, Eastport; Lieutenant Commander and we unable to get at the leak. Lieutenant Commander Phelps worked with great perseverance, coo[7 more...]