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ant, Selim E. Woodworth, Lieutenant-Commander, United States Navy. Commander D. D. Porter, Commanding Mortar Flotilla.
Engagement with the ram Arkansas, July 15, 1862.
United States Flag-Ship Hartford, below Vicksburg, July 17, 1862.
Sir — It is with deep mortification that I announce to the department that, notwithstanding my prediction to the contrary, the iron-clad ram Arkansas has at length made her appearance and taken us all by surprise.
We had heard that she was up at Liverpool, in the Yazoo River, and Lieutenant-Colonel Ellet informed me that the river was too narrow for our gun-boats to turn, and was also shallow in places, but suggested that Flag-officer Davis might send up some of his ironclad boats, which draw only six or seven feet of water.
When this was proposed to Flag-officer Davis he consented immediately, and General Williams offered to send up a few sharpshooters.
The next morning they went off at daylight, and by six in the morning we heard firi