onor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient servant, C. H. Davis, Flag-Officer, Commanding Western Flotilla, Mississippi River, pro tem.
Despatches from Colonel Ellett.
opposite Memphis, June 6, 1862. To Hon. Edwin Stanton, SecretaryLieutenant Commanding Benton, and Acting ”Fleet Captain.“
Cincinnati Commercial account.
Footers Flotilla, Mississippi River, off Memphis, Tennessee, Friday, June 6, 1862, 6 P. M.
This morning, at forty-five minutes past twelve, all our s certainly the most extensive, decisive, speedy, disastrous and effectual ram and gunboat battle on record, on the Mississippi River or elsewhere.
All must confess that Col. Ellett, Com. Davis, and all of their officers and men, have covered thems
Both are faster, and will no doubt overtake the Van Dorn, thus wiping out the last of this piratical fleet on the Mississippi River.
In the excitement and confusion of this great victory, it is impossible to give all the interesting details, in