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-clad Neosho. The loss of the services of the four monitors sent from this squadron to Rear-Admiral Farragut will be much felt, especially as several of the iron-clads are out of order. The turtle iron-clads are still deficient of their side armor, which was removed at Alexandria, Louisiana, and are now stationed along the Mississippi, to prevent the rebel General Smith from crossing troops to the east side of the river, which it is the object of the inclosed confidential circular from General Canby, dated October eighteenth, to prevent, and which we have so far been able to do. I have organized a lively patrol of the Mississippi River, and will immediately make arrangements to keep the gunboats on the Tennessee River supplied with ammunition nearer the point of their operations than this place, on which they have heretofore depended. I have the honor to be, very respectfully yours, S. P. Lee, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding Mississippi Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary
ble and eager to meet the enemy, as at any period of the campaign. The command of General A. J. Smith, which covered the rear of the army during the construction of the bridge and the passage of the army, had a severe engagement with the enemy under Polignac, on the afternoon of the nineteenth, at Yellow Bayou, which lasted several hours. Our loss was about one hundred and fifty in killed and wounded; that of the enemy much greater, besides many prisoners taken by our troops. Major-General E. R. S. Canby arrived at Simmsport on the nineteenth of May, and the next day assumed command of the troops, as a portion of the forces of the military division of the West Mississippi, to the command of which he had been assigned. Rumors were freely circulated throughout the camp at Alexandria, that upon the evacuation of the town it would be burned. To prevent this destruction of property,--part of which belonged to loyal citizens,--General Grover, commanding the post, was instructed to o