two bursting in starboard paddle-box; one through top of after pilot-house; one cutting mainsail in two; one striking and bending the after quarter davit. Very respectfully,
Henry P. Sleeper, Executive Officer.
Report of Lieutenant Commander B. Gherardi.
U. S. S. Port Royal, Mobile Bay, Aug. 7, 1864.sir: I have the honor to inform you that on the morning of the fifth instant, I took my position on the port side of the United States steamer Richmond, as her consort. I was able to open fire but twice; once as the rebel iron-clad Tennessee passed down the line. The second time as we kept away on a north-west course, I was able to bring the ten-inch pivot-gun to bear on Fort Morgan, and the rifled guns to bear on Fort Gaines. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Report of Lieutenant Commander C. H. Green.
Mobile Bay, U. S. S. Octorara, Aug. 6, 1864.sir: I have the honor to forward to you the various reports of damages and casualties on board. I bear cheerful testimony to the good conduct of officers and men; part of the latter volunteered to work one of the Brooklyn's guns, and although I have not yet heard of them from Captain Alden, I have every reason to believe they bore their part well. To Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Urann, Executive Officer, I am much indebted for his zeal and efforts in having the ship ready to go under fire. Acting Master Billings, a volunteer from the Vincennes, kept his post faithfully, and though quite severely hurt, still remained. To Acting Master Young, Acting Ensigns Dodge and McEntee, my thanks are due, for their steadiness and promptness at their quarters. The Engineer department, under the charge of Mr. Shipman, Acting Chief-Engineer, was well attended to, and his subordinates' conduct met my approbation. To Assistant-Surgeon Dodge, and Paymaster Pynchon, and in fact all, I tender my hearty thanks. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. S. Octorara, Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864.sir: In obedience to your order of this day, I have the honor to submit the following report of damages done this ship by shot in passing the Fort this morning. They are as follows: One shot in starboard-bow, entering just in wake of one-hundred pounder rifle; one on portbow abreast of fore-mast; one through each paddle-box, two in foremast, one through smokestack, and one in mainmast, cutting two shrouds of main rigging; one through the gig alongside; one cut one shroud on starboard side; one cut one shroud on port side; one cut pennant-tackle on starboard side; one cut vang falls on starboard side; one struck and carried away awning frame on the stem, and went through ensign; one struck wheel on hurricane-deck; one through boat on davit forward; one cut shroud on port side forward; one shot in forward part of forward guard starboard side; one through foresail. Ammunition expended: Eight ten-pound charges for one-hundred pounder Parrott, and eight solid shot for one-hundred pounder. Most respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. S. Octorara, Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864.sir: In obedience to your order of this day, I have the honor to submit the following report of damages done to the Engineer department of this vessel, during the action of the morning. They are as follows, namely: three shots through the starboard wheel, carrying away a portion of three inner rings and three arms; one shot through the smoke-pipe of boilers, about twenty feet above the hurricane-deck. Most respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. S. Octorara, Morile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864.sir: The following is the amount of shot and ammunition expended, in passing the Fort this morning. Eight ten-pound charges for one-hundred pounder rifle; eight shot for one-hundred pounder rifle. Respectfully yours, etc.,
Report of Lieutenant Commander W. P. McCann.
U. S. S. Kennebec, Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864.sir: I have the honor to submit the inclosed reports of casualties, injuries sustained, and of ammunition expended on board of this vessel during the action with Forts Morgan and Gaines and the rebel flotilla, and while pursuing the rebel gunboat Morgan toward Dog River Bar. The officers and crew of the Kennebec performed their duties gallantly under the enemy's fire. When lashed alongside the Monongahela, I sent Acting Ensign J. D. Ellis in charge of a gun's crew, to work a gun there, under the observation of Captain Strong, where he acted nobly. I beg leave to call your attention to the good conduct of Acting Ensign H. E. Tinkham, who, when seriously wounded by the explosion of a shell from the rebel ram Tennessee, and when the vessel was supposed to be on fire, refused to leave his station. It affords me pleasure to bring to your favorable notice Acting Volunteer Lieutenant