United States Mississippi squadron, February 27th, 1863. To Secretary Gideon Wells:
Sir — I regret to inform you that the Indianola has also fallen into the hands of the enemy.
The rams Webb and Queen of the West, attacked her, twenty-five miles from here, and rammed her until she surrendered, etc. David D. Porter.
Lieutenant Patten, on March the 1st, was ordered to Red river, to take command of the section of the 3d Maryland aboard the Queen of the West.
He found her at Shreveport, Louisiana.
In the April following, the Queen, with the Lizzie Simmons as a supply boat, made an attack on the Federal fleet in Grand Lake, Louisiana, and during the engagement was set on fire by a shell from the enemy.
The crew jumped over-board, and attempted to swim ashore.
Many were drowned, as the distance they had to swim was about four miles. The fire soon reached the magazine of the Queen, when her eventful career was ended by an explosion, blowing her into fragments.
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