s were blown up.
Enclosed is a letter from J. K. Mitchell stating that the persons mentioned therein had nothing to do with the transaction.
I shall, however, carry out the orders of the flag-officer, and send them home in the Rhode Island, subject to the consideration of the department.
I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, David D. Porter, Commanding Flotilla. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
List of Confederate officers:
Captain J. K. Mitchell, 1st-Lieutenant J. N. Wilkinson, 2d-Lieutenant W. H. Ward, 3d-Lieutenant W. C. Whittle, jr., Lieutenant A. F. Warley, Surgeon John D. Grafton, Lieutenant F. M. Harris, ex-naval officers of the United States; Purser L. E. Brooks, Gunner Wilson, Boatswain Jones, Carpenter Cherry, Captain's Clerk George Taylor, Captain's Clerk W. Clark, Chief Engineer W. Young-blood, 2d Assistant Engineer James Harris, 2d Assistant Engineer M. Parsons, 3d Assistant Engineer Theo. Hart, 3d Assistant Engineer James Elliott, 3d Assis