effectively without a good corps of surveyors.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Acting Rear-Admiral Com'g Miss. Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
Headquarters lefton the left I am under many obligations.
Very respectfully your obedient servant, F. J. Herron, Major-General. Admiral D. D. Porter, Commanding Mississippi Squadron.
Headquarters left division investing forces, Vicksburgh, July 5, 1863.
Captaed during the day.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Thos. J. Selfridge, Lieutenant Commander. Acting Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, Commanding Mississippi Squadron.
Headquarters Expeditionary army, Black River, July 4, 1863. Admiral D. Admiral D. D. Porter, Commanding Fleet.
dear Admiral: No event in my life could have given me more personal pride or pleasure than to have met you to-day on the wharf at Vicksburgh — a Fourth of July so eloquent in events as to need no words or stimulants to