That Commander Mitchell
assumed command of the Louisiana
at New Orleans on the 20th April, 1862; and from that time until the destruction of the vessel, only a period of eight days was embraced.
That the whole force under his command consisted of the Louisiana
, the McRae
, the Manassas
, the Jackson
, and one launch.
That on the day he took command, Captain Mitchell
descended the river Mississippi
in the Louisiana
, and took up a position on the left bank of the river, about half a mile above Fort St. Philip
That on leaving New Orleans, the machinery of the Louisiana
was incomplete, her motive power imperfect, and her battery improperly mounted.
That she could not, on a fair trial, stem the current of the Mississippi
with her own motive power, aided by two steam tugs.
That every exertion was made by Commander Mitchell
, the officers and mechanics, to get the Louisiana
in a proper state of efficiency