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[126] Edmund Baker, the Executive Officer, Acting Ensign J. J. Butler and Second Assistant-Engineer L. W. Robinson. Acting Assistant-Surgeon, George W. Hatch rendered the most prompt assistance to the wounded. The crew fully sustained the proud reputation of the American sailor, for courage and bravery.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. P. McCann, Lieutenant Commander, Commanding the Kennebec. Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.

U. S. Gunboat Kennebec, Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864.
sir: The following are the injuries sustained by this vessel in the action of the fifth instant.

One shot on starboard quarter, demolishing mooring chock, and passing through main rail in port side, also injured deck.

A shell from rebel ram Tennessee exploded in ship's side, below spurketing, causing the following damage:

Double iron chain stops broken, horizontal knee-stay torn away, four deck-planks broken and partially blown away, two side-planks broken; water-way and side timber broken, and partially blown away; bulwarks and hammockrail broken; six planks on berth-deck broken; two planks on port-bow injured by collision with ram, which vessel left her boat across our bow, and iron davit on our port anchor.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Edward Baker, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Executive Officer. Lieut. Com. Wm. P. McCann, Commanding U. S. S. Kennebec.

U. S. S. Kennebec, Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864.
sir: The following is the amount of ammunition expended by this vessel in the action of the fifth instant, namely:

Eight eleven-inch shells, twenty-five twenty-pound rifle shells. Powder: Two twenty-pound eleven inch charges; six fifteen-pound eleven-inch charges; twenty-five two-pound charges for rifle; thirty-three cannon-primers. Total rounds, thirty-three.

Very respectfully your obedient servant,

H. E. Tinkham, Acting Ensign in Charge of Ordnance. Lieut. Com. Wm. P. McCann, Commanding U. S. S. Kennebec, Mobile Bay.


Report of Lieutenant Commander George Brown,

U. S. Steamship Itasca, Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864.
Admiral: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by this vessel in the engagement of the fifth instant.

In obedience to your orders, this vessel was secured on the port side of the Ossipee, to aid her should she become disabled.

After having passed Fort Morgan, I cast off from the Ossipee, and started under sail and a full head of steam in pursuit of the rebel gunboats Morgan and Selma, that were being engaged by the Metacomet; but before I came within range the Morgan had succeeded in getting in such a position that I could not cut off her retreat toward Fort Morgan, and the Selma had struck her flag to the Metacomet.

I take pleasure in testifying to the spirited willingness and desire manifested by all under my command, to take a more active part in the engagement, but the duty assigned us prevented us from using our guns in passing Fort Morgan, except for the purpose of increasing the density of smoke.

I am happy to be able to report that no casualties occurred.

The vessel was struck once in the mainmast.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

George Brown, Lieutenant Commander. Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.


Report of Lieutenant Commander G. H. Perkins.

U. S. Monitor Chickasaw, Mobile Bay, Aug. 7, 1864.
sir: I have the honor to submit the following report:

At six A. M., on Friday, August fifth, in obedience to orders I got under way, and took my position in the rear of the Winnebago, on the right of the line. I passed the forts with the rest of the fleet, firing as rapidly as possible.

Afterward, in obedience to orders, I attacked the rebel ram Tennessee, following her up closely, shooting away her smoke-stack, and firing solid shot at her till her flag was hauled down and a white flag raised. Her steering gear being shot away, I took her in tow and brought her to anchor near the Hartford. In the afternoon of the same day I again got under way, and brought a large barge, the Ingomar, out from under the guns of Fort Powell, exchanging several shot, and being struck three times.

On the morning of the sixth, I proceeded again to Fort Powell, which I found deserted and blown up. I towed out another barge.

In the afternoon I advanced and shelled Fort Gaines.

Too much praise cannot be given to all the officers and men for their coolness and efficiency under fire, and their endurance while at quarters.

I would mention in particular, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant William Hamilton, the executive officer, who, when on his way home, condemned by medical survey, volunteered for this vessel. I owe much to him for his energy in fitting out the vessel, and for his gallantry and coolness during the fight. Acting Master E. D. Percy, who also volunteered for the vessel, and commanded the guns in the after-turret, and gunner John A. McDonald, who commanded the forward turret, deserve especial mention for the skill and rapidity with which they fought their batteries. Chief Boatswain's Mate Andrew Jones, and Master-at-Arms James Seanor, who, although their time was out, volunteered for the fight from the Vincennes, are entitled to honorable mention.

During the entire action the vessel was struck a number of times, the smoke-stack was shot almost entirely away, and one shot penetrated the deck on the starboard bow. No serious injury


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