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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 destruction of some two hundred more which were in advance of our party, and thus saved us from all further trouble except skirting along the bay for the distance of fifteen miles, to make sure that the work of destruction had been well performed by them.

Deserters from Captains Anderson and Robinson's companies reported subsequently that both officers and men had broken up and gone home, as the destruction of the salt works which they were ordered to guard had been so complete, and six of them have enlisted in the navy, after taking the oath of allegiance.

Acting Master Brown again speaks in terms of commendation of the officers and men engaged in this service, including Acting Ensign Cressy and the five men composing the crew of the steamer Bloomer.

Respectfully,

Theodorus Bailey, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding E. G. Blockading Squadron.

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