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[118] from the wood-work over eleven hundred pounds of iron in the shape of eight, nine, and ten-inch solid shot of rifle bolts — shells and fragments of shells — all thrown at us by the enemy, a large amount as being at very close quarters, nearly all their shot passed through and through us.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

Edward P. Lull. Lieutenant Commander and Executive Officer. Captain James Alden, Commanding U. S. S. Brooklyn.

U. S. S. Brooklyn, Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864.
sir: I have the honor to report the following as the damages inflicted upon this ship during our engagement of to-day, with the rebel Fort Morgan, and the rebel gunboats.

1. Shot carried away a portion of the rail on top-gallant forecastle directly under the breast of bow gun.

2. Shot passed directly through the stem about one foot from water's edge.

3. Passed through the side, just under the bridle-port, struck the deck above upon the opposite side, and shows in the water-way above.

4. Passed through the side just at the copper's edge, or little abaft the bridle-port. Entered the store-room, destroying a hanging knee, and wounding a beam, did much damage to fixtures of storeroom; struck the opposite side, but did not penetrate.

5. Passed through side just forward of and under number two port, and struck the galley.

6. Passed through side on berth-deck, abreast of galley, destroying hanging knee.

7. Passed through the side diagonally about two feet above berth-deck, passed out through opposite side.

8. Through side abreast fore-hatch, destroying an air-port and a berth-deck, hanging knee. Entered fireman's wash-room, arrested by sand-bags.

9. Under after-ports of fore-channels, through side destroying a berth-deck, hanging knee, and a force-pump, wounded berth-deck, cut starboard chain.

10. Four feet abaft number nine, passed through side, destroying an air-port, and two berth-deck hanging knees.

11. Passed through the side, and exploded in the dispensary, doing considerable damage.

12. Passed through side, through deck in Second Assistant Engineer's room, and into main hold, doing much damage.

13. Through side, cutting main rail, just abaft number two port.

14. On the same level, through side about four feet abaft number thirteen.

15. Struck and broke starboard sheet anchor-beak. Cut main rail just over number four port, passed through bottom of the launch, and destroyed forward shore of launch.

16. Through side just under number fifteen, cutting through spar deck water-way, and carrying away the starboard truck of gun number three.

17. Carried away flue of sheet-anchor. Cut through main rail, destroyed after-shore of launch, and struck the breech of number five gun, port.

18. Passed through hammock netting starboard side, just abaft number eight port, and passed out through opposite side.

19. Plunging shot passed through port hammock netting just forward of break of poop.

20. Wounded top of hammock-rail on starboard side between numbers eight and nine ports, passed out through hammock netting on port side.

21. Followed same course of twenty a few feet farther aft.

22. A ricochet shot struck poop-deck, crushed it down together with beam underneath, and ricocheted overboard. This shot killed two marines, carrying one overboard with it.

23, 24, 25. Three shots passed through the mainmast, ruining the mast; number twenty-five also cut the brass band on starboard quarter of main-yard, wounding the yard.

26. Apparently a fragment of shell entered the mainmast.

27. Wounded jib-boom.

28. Passed along fore-topsail yard, destroyed port yard-arm.

29. A raking shot from ram Tennessee struck and passed along port side under the rail.

30. Carried away torpedo-catcher. A shot passed through the dingy. A plank was started in the barge, supposed to have been by a splinter.

Respectfully submitted,


U. S. S. Brooklyn, inside Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864.
sir: I respectfully beg to report the damages sustained in the Ordnance Department of this ship during the engagement of the fifth inst., as follows, namely:

One nine-inch gun-carriage entirely destroyed; one one-hundred pounder elevating screw destroyed; one one-hundred pounder lock destroyed; one sixty-pounder lock destroyed; one nine-inch breech sight-brass damaged; one nine-inch breech sight-brass destroyed; one nine-inch gun-carriage slightly damaged; six nine-inch side-tackles destroyed; two nine-inch rammers destroyed; two nine-inch sponges destroyed; one nine-inch rolling hand-spike destroyed; one nine-inch ladle; one one-hundred pounder ladle.

I am, sir, most respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

John Queredo. Acting Gunner.

U. S. S. Brooklyn, Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864.
sir: In obedience to your order, I respectfully submit the following report of damages done to rigging during the action of the fifth instant, with Fort Morgan, rebel ram Tennessee, and gunboats Selma, Morgan, and Gaines, having made a careful examination of the same.

Jib and flying jib, martingale-stays, and backstays stays shot away


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