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Our loss throughout the day was four killed and thirty-five wounded.

Herewith I send the reports of the Surgeon, Engineer, and Board of Officers, on the injuries and expenditures.

Under no circumstances could more coolness and bravery have been shown by the crew.

I cannot express my deep feeling for the undaunted courage and the aid given me by all the officers.

Second Lieutenant Hyram Adams, of the Army Signal Corps, with two assistants, were on board, and great credit is due them for their promptness in transmitting signals.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. B. Marchand, Captain. Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.

U. S. S. S. Lackawanna, Mobile Bay, Aug. 7, 1864.
sir: In the report made of the part taken by the Lackawanna in passing the forts, and entering Mobile Bay, on the fifth instant, I inadvertently omitted to state that Commander Edward Donaldson, commanding the Seminole, which was lashed alongside of this ship, rendered most efficient service by his coolness and judgment in piloting both vessels until passing Fort Morgan, the regular pilot being sick.

My additional thanks are due him and all his officers and men for volunteering to aid in manning the guns of the Lackawanna, and the continuous fire which they kept up whilst their guns could bear upon the enemy.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. B. Marchand, Captain. Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.

U. S. S. S. Lackawanna, Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864.
sir: In obedience to your order of the fifth instant, we, the undersigned, have held a strict and careful survey on this ship, and find the damages herewith stated to have resulted from the action of the fifth instant.

That there are five shot-holes through hull of ship, two of which are eighteen inches above water-line, and damages resulting therefrom are as follows: timber, planking, and ceiling badly cut up; spirketing in wake of fore-rigging, and on each of ship, shot away; port forward hammock netting-rail shot away, and panel-work much injured; port sheet cable-bitt splintered the entire length, and iron casing completely shattered; two stanchions of fore fife-rail entirely shot away, also a quarter of fore-mast and after-part, and eighteen inches above deck; water-closets and bulkheads broken down; several hatch gratings much injured, and port swinging boom broken in two.

Between decks we find stanchion, two carlings, hanging knee, water-pipe connecting with condenser, and jackstay shot away; several spardeck beams, coal shoot, starboard sheet cable bitt, bulkheads and doors to fire-room, and forward officers' quarters badly injured with fragments of shell; dispensary very much shattered; berth-deck ladder and two awning stanchions (the latter being placed below for security) broken in two; berth-deck planking, directly forward of galley and under platform, also much injured with fragments of shell.

The damages sustained by running down the rebel iron-clad ram Tennessee, as follows:

The head and cutwater badly injured; the stem, for distance of eighteen feet, and up to wood ends, completely gone; that portion of it comprised between the water-line and draft-mark eight, forced in, causing the planking for distance of several feet to be wrenched from fastening, the ends of which, exposed considerably, and leaving that portion of the bow in a much exposed condition. Not having the means for examining below the draft-mark eight, we are therefore unable to arrive at the extent of injury received below that mark.

We also find the rigging damaged to the following extent: bobstays and port bowsprit shroud carried away; main-stay, after shroud of port fore rigging and screw, boat davit and spanker boom topping lifts, and two nine-inch double blocks shot away.

Very respectfully, your obedient servants,

Felix McCurley, Acting Master. John H. Allen, Acting Master. Thomas Kelly, Acting Boatswain. Francis A. Stanley, Acting Carpenter's Mate. Captain J. B. Marchand, Commanding U. S. Steamship Lackawanna.

U. S. S. Lackawanna, in Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864.
sir: I have the honor to report that the engines, boilers, and appurtenances thereto of this ship are apparently in good working order, though derangements may subsequently become visible, of which we have now no knowledge.

The severe concussion, consequent upon the heavy blow dealt the rebel ram Tennessee, by this vessel, under full headway, may have thrown the engines out of line, or strained the boilers and braces.

Our bunkers being full of coal, we cannot of course speak decidedly with reference to the staying of the boilers.

Very respectfully,

James W. Whiittaker, First Assistant Engineer. Captain J. B. Marchand, Commanding U. S. S. Lackawanna.

U. S. S. Lackawanna, in Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864.
sir: In obedience to your order of the fifth instant, we have held a strict and careful survey of the amount of ordnance stores used and injured in passing the forts, and beg leave to submit the following report:

We find the rear hurter, strap, band, and tackle-blocks of Parrott's one hundred and fifty pounder rifle, (number twelve,) carried away by a shot entering starboard bow, and the following amount of ordnance, equipment, and stores:


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