Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans.
- Interesting reports of Flag-officer Farragut; captains Bailey, Bell, Morris, Craven; commanders Wainwright, Lee, Smith, Boggs, De camp, Alden, Nichols, Caldwell, Porter, Mitchell, and others. -- official letters of Gideon Welles, Mayor Monroe, and the city council of New Orleans, etc.
It is desirable in some respects to make this a book of reference, especially in regard to official letters, which seldom or ever are seen by the public, the several reports of Admiral Farragut, also those of his officers, contain details of the battle at the forts, and of the capture of New Orleans, which can best be told by those who were participators in those stirring scenes, and they are appended to the general account of the battle. In the course of a few years these letters will become inaccessible, except from the files of the Navy Department, and they should be treasured as the ground-work of the history of the most important naval battle of modern times,--we do not think any excuse is needed for inserting them here.
Attack on forts Jackson and St. Philip.