ery respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
Report of rear-admiral Porter.
see document 76, page 490, ante.
flag-ship Malvern, off New Inlet, Northery respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
North Atlantic Squadron, U. S. Flag-ship Malvern, at sea, off New Inlet, N. C., December 26, 1864.
sir — I was very respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
Effect of the Exlposion of the powder-boat.
North Atlantic Squadron, U. S. Flag-ship Malvern, off New Inleery respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
General Whiting's report.
headquarters, Wilmington, December 31, 1864.
orado, Mohican, Tuscarora, Wabash, Susquehanna, Brooklyn, Powhatan, Juniata, Seneca, Shenandoah, Pawtuxet, Ticonderoga, Mackinaw, Maumee, Yantic, Kansas, Iosco, Quaker City, Monticello, Rhode Island, Sassacus, Chippewa, Osceola, Tacony, Pontoosuc, Santiago de Cuba, Fort Jackson, and Vanderbilt, having a reserve of small vessels, cos marked on the chart, and added their fire to that already begun.
The Santiago de Cuba, Fort Jackson, Osceola, Chippewa, Sassacus, Rhode Island, Monticello, Quaker City, and Iosco dropped into position according to order, and the battle became general.
In one hour and fifteen minutes after the first shot was fired not a shot cand directing his fire.
Twice his guns cut down the flagstaff on the Mound battery, and he silenced the guns there in a very short time, the Keystone State and Quaker City cooperating effectively.
Lieutenant Commander J. L. Davis, with both rudders disabled, got his vessel, the Sassacus, into close action, and assisted material
tenant Commander Truxtun, sent us a relief-crew after the gale.
Both vessels furnished us a boat.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. C. Rhind, Commander, U. S. N. Rear-Admiral D. D. Porter. Commanding North Atlantic Squadron.
Report of Lieutenant-Commander W. G. Temple.
United States steamer Pontoosuc, off New Inlet, December 28, 1864
sir — I have to submit the following report of the operations of this vessel in the attack upon the rebel works at the mouth of Cape Fear river, from December twenty-fourth to twenty-seventh, inclusively.
At eleven A. M. of the twenty-fourth, after some previous manoeuvring, we got under way in company with the fleet, and stood in (with everything ready for action) in the wake of the four ironclads until Fort Fisher bore southwest by south, when we opened fire at 1:06 P. M. with the hundred-pounder Parrott rifles, at long range, and gradually closed in toward the position occupied by the sternmost monitor, from whence the ni