gainst the current.
Before it reached us, we had fortunately gotten off, and witnessed, with great satisfaction, shortly after, its destruction by the United States steamer Mississippi.
I have to report but two of the crew slightly wounded; four round shot through the hull of the vessel, and one through the mainmast.
Officers and men performed their duty nobly, and with admirable coolness.
In this feeble tribute to their worth and services I desire to include Third-assistantengineer G. M. White, a volunteer from the United States steamer Colorado.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. N. Smith. Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron.
Report of Lieutenant-Commander John H. Russell, United States gun-boat Kennebec.
United States Gun-Boat Kennebec, Mississippi River, April 29, 1862.
Sir — On the morning of the 24th instant, during the engagement, this vessel became entangled with the rafts, and struck o