ng pier, as we were approaching, probably to remove it as an obstruction to their aim, but were not permitted to extinguish the flames during the whole five hours cannonade.
Consequently nearly the whole pier is destroyed, leaving only the charred piles remaining above the water to mark its former position.
We have had more than a thousand shots discharged at us within range, and have ourselves fired upwards of three hundred shot and shells, with seventeen hundred pounds of powder.
What damage we have inflicted remains to be seen.
That we have received none not easily repaired is truly remarkable.
The Anacosta and Reliance were not permitted to come under damaging fire, their support having been necessary to embolden those engaged by giving them confidence that if disabled in the machinery assistance was at hand to drag them out. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Janes H. Ward,Senior Officer on the Potomac.To. Hon. Giddeon Wells, Secretary of the Navy.