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Doc. 89.-occupation of Jacksonville, Fla. Report of Lieut. Stevens. U. S. Gunboat Ottawa, off Jacksonville, March 18. To Flag-Officer S. F. Du Pont, commanding South-Atlantic Blockading Squadron. sir: I succeeded in crossing the bar with this vessel, the Seneca and Pembina, the day before yesterday, about four o'clock, having no water to spare under our keels. The Smith arrived half an hour afterward, and crossed without a pilot, as it was necessary to make arrangements to land a company of soldiers for the protection of the guns, before leaving the entrance of the river. I found it too late to move up to this place. That evening, near ten o'clock, I discovered large fires bearing west-north-west from the anchorage, which proved to be, on my arrival here, the burning of mills, houses, and property belonging to Northern men with suspected Union proclivities, burnt by order of the rebel commander. I left Mayport yesterday, with the vessels named, for this point, orderin
e banks of which were lined with batteries of the enemy to oppose our passage; have pursued and captured all his forces and material of war, and have not lost a man, nor met with an accident. John Pope, Major-General. Record of the siege. March 15.--Commodore Foote, with several gunboats and a part of the mortar-fleet, left Hickman for Island Number10. March 16.--Bombardment commenced. March 17.--Rifled gun on board the St. Louis exploded, killing and wounding fourteen men. March 18.--General Pope repulsed the gunboat fleet at New-Madrid. A rebel transport, loaded with cannon, reported sunk by the fire from the fleet. March 19.--Commodore Foote reports the island harder to conquer than Columbus. Firing continued night and day. March 20.--Cannonading continued all day. All the guns but one in the upper battery reported dismounted. Hollins's ram sent from Memphis. March 21.--Firing continued at intervals. March 22.--But little firing from the gunboats, to