the following ships, assigned to Farragut's command, had assembled at Key West, the rendezvous:
Hartford, 25 guns, Com. Richard Wainwright; Brooklyn, 24 guns, Capt. T. T. Craven; Richmond, 26 guns, Com. James Alden; Mississippi, 12 guns, Com. Melancton Smith; Pensacola, 24 guns.
Capt. H. W. Morris; Cayuga, 6 guns, Lieut. Com. N. B. Harrison; Oneida, 9 guns, Com. S. P. Lee; Varuna, 10 guns, Corn.
Charles S. Boggs; Katahdin, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. George H. Preble; Kineo, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. George M. Ransom; Wissahickon, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. A. N. Smith; Winona, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. E. T. Nichols; Itasca, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. C. H. B. Caldwell; Pinola, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. Pierce Crosby; Kennebec, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. John H. Russell; Iroquois, 9 guns, Com. John De Camp; Sciota, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. Edward Donaldson.
Total guns, 177.
Also the following steamers belonging to the mortar flotilla: Harriet Lane, Owasco. Clifton, Westfield, Miami, Jackson; besides the mortar schooners, whic
leading the Pensacola, Capt. Morris; the Mississippi, Com. M. Smith; Oneida, Com. S. P. Lee; Varuna, Com. C. S. Boggs; Katahdin, Lieut. Com. Preble; Kineo, Lieut. Com. Ransom; and the Wissahickon, Lieut. Com. A. N. Smith.
The column of the blue was formed on the left, heading up the river, and consisted of the flag-ship Hartfordrosby, Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-Officer D. G. Farragut, U. S. Navy, Commanding United States Western Gulf Squadron, Gulf of Mexico.
Report of Lieutenant-Commander George M. Ransom, United States gun-boat Kineo.
United States Gun-Boat Kineo, Mississippi River, above the forts, April 25, 1862.
Sir — I have the honor to its steadiness, without an exception.
I enclose herewith a report of Assistant-surgeon A. S. Oberly, of killed and wounded.
I have the honor to be, &c., George M. Ransom, Lieutenant-Commander Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron.
Report of Lieutenant-Commander A. N. Smith United States
des until 10 A. M., by which time the enemy had been driven back two or three miles, but, unfortunately, the gallant General Williams, while cheering on his men, received a Minie ball through his heart.
General Williams had informed Lieutenant-Commander Ransom the evening before of his plans, and requested him not to fire a gun until he notified him; and when he did so, our gun-boats — the Kineo and Katahdin--opened with fine effect, throwing their shells directly in the midst of the enemy, producing great dismay and confusion among them.
Lieutenant Ransom had an officer on the State house, which overlooks the adjacent country, and could direct the fire of every shell.
As soon as the enemy was repulsed, Commander Porter, with the gun-boats, went up stream after the ram Arkansas, which was lying about five miles above, apparently afraid to take her share in the conflict, according to the preconcerted plan.
As he came within gunshot he opened on her, and probably soon disabled