r, and from thence carry on operations against the enemy, but he found that nothing could be done in the Yazoo at low water, and besides, the enemy had constructed formidable barricades, well defended by heavy batteries, at Haines' Bluff, some miles above the mouth of the river; and with these he had not sufficient force to contend.
His line of operations was entirely too extended for the force he had in hand, and all his vessels needed repairs.
Flag-officer Davis, therefore, returned to Cairo, where, in October, 1862, he was relieved from the command of the Mississippi Squadron by Acting-Rear-Admiral David D. Porter.
The following reports will give a pretty full account of what was done in the first naval attack on Vicksburg.
Flag-officer Farragut reports the necessity of 12,000 to 15,000 army forces to cooperate in the taking of Vicksburg.
Flag-Ship Hartford, above Vicksburg, June 28, 1862.
Sir — I passed up the river this morning, but to no purpose; the enemy lea