James Thorn, seaman; Chas. Packard, ordinary seaman; Wm. Fadden, landsman; and Wm. C. West, coal-heaver — with the pilot of the Tecumseh, John Collins.
Four others also swam to the beach, and were taken prisoners at Fort Morgan and immediately sent away.
This information was received when communicating by flag of truce with the Fort.
none of them, we were told, were officers.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
Joint report of Acting masters C. F. Langley and G. Cottrell.
U. S. Ship Potomac, Pensacola, August 6, 1864.
sir: Believing that we are the only surviving officers of the U. S. Monitor Tecumseh, we feel it our duty to report the circumstances attending her loss, and of the safety of a boat's crew.
When nearly abreast of Fort Morgan, and about one hundred and fifty yards from the beach, a row of buoys was discovered stretching from the
Doc. 60.-affair in St. Andrew's Bay, Fla.
Rear-Admiral Bailey's report.
United States flag-ship San Jacinto, Key West, Jan. 27, 1864. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy:
sir: It affords me pleasure to report to the department that the promise made by Acting Master William R. Brown, commanding the bark Restless, at the conclusion of his last report concerning the destruction of the extensive salt works in the vicinity of St. Andrew's Bay — namely, that he would complete the work so handsomely begun — appears to have been kept.
He reports that he went on board the stern-wheel steamer Bloomer, with two officers and forty-seven men belonging to the Restless, and proceeded up the bay, against very unfavorable circumstances of darkness, wind, and tide, some ten miles above St. Andrew's, where his force was, and destroyed some ninety additional salt works, together with all the boilers, kettles, and buildings attached to them; whereupon the enemy commenced the destructi