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Wounded--Lieutenant Commanding 0. H. officer for duty outside. Instead of doing this, Green, contusion of leg ; Acting Ensign Maurice he followed the fleet in, and was struck with a McEntree, contusion of the thigh ; Acting Mas- shot from the Fort, when he put his helm a-port ter Henry R. Billings, contusion of face, all from and ran her on the bank. After having had two splinters, slight; James McIntosh, Coxswain, in- men killed and two wounded, he deserted the cised wound of scalp, not severe; John Govard, vessel, leaving his signal-book (boat code,) on the seaman, lacerated wound of forehead, quite se-quarter-deck, where it was found by the eneiny, vere; Charles Howard, seaman, contusion of who subsequently boarded the vessel. sacrum, slight; William H. Nice, Boatswain's Mate, severe contusion of right eye; Andrew The rebels set the vessel on fire, and we have Crough, Quartermaster, contusion of scalp, slight; thus lost one of the most efficient vessels in the George Smith, ship's corporal, wound of upper squadron for all kinds of express duty, and we third left arm, quite severe ; John Robinson, are sadly in want of just such vessels. quartermaster, contusion of left foot, slight. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Killed, one; wounded, ten.
D. G. Farragut, I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient ser
Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron. vant, EDWARD R. DODGE,
Hon. Gideon WELLES,
Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
REPORT OF ACTING MASTER JAMES T. SEAVER. Commanding U. 8. Octorara.
U. 8. S. CowsLIP, August 6, 1864. REPORT OF CASUALTIES ON THE U. 8. S. KENNEBEC. | Sir: I beg leave to make the following report
U.S. S. KENNEBEC, MOBILE BAY, Aug. 6, 1864. to you in regard to the loss of the U. S. steamer SIR: I respectfully report the following casual
Philippi: ties in action yesterday morning, while passing
At daylight, hove up anchor, and steamed Fort Morgan, namely:
alongside the Tennessee, and discharged all the Daniel Godfrey, coal-heaver, mortally wound ordnance stores and provisions belonging to ed in abdomen, by fragment of shell from other vessels; not having orders to report to the rebel iron-clad Tennessee, and has since
any one, and the verbal order I received being to died: Acting Ensign H. E. Tinkham. serious discharge the stores into the Tennessee as quickgunshot wounds, and contusions of left arm, 1 ly as possible, I did so. Wishing to be of asside. thigh, and leg. by fragments of sheli sistance to the fleet in case any vessels were disfrom the rebel ram Tennessee, no fracture; abled, and knowing the power of my steamer, Peter R. Post, landsman, gunshot wound and
wound and immediately after the freight was out, I dropped fracture of right cheek-bone, serious: Charles off from the Tennessee, got hawsers, lines, etc., Sanders. Master-at-Arms. slight contusion of all ready to be of assistance in towing any dislips ; J. D. Ireson, Captain of the Hold, Isaac abled vessel which would need my services. At Fisher. (colored.) first-class boy, and several forty-five minutes past seven stood up the chanothers, very slight contusions, by fragments of nel for the fleet, keeping as far out of range shell from the Tennessee, and splinters caused / of the Fort as I could judge was necessary to by it; and Kimball Prince, landsman, contusion clea
on clear the shoal, the Quartermaster at the lead of right shoulder, slight, by splinter caused by a
aused bra from the time of making the bar. At about solid shot from the Fort.
fifteen minutes past nine, while going ahead Very respectfully, George W. HATCH,
slow, the Quartermaster gave the cast, a quarter * Acting Assistant-Surgeon, United States Navy. less three, and the steamer immediately struck. Lieut. Com. W. P. McCann, U. S. N.,
I rang three bells and tried to back her off, but Commanding United States Steamer Kennebec. she did not stir. I kept backing for ten minutes ; LOSS OF THE U. S. STEAMER PHILIPPI.
had about thirty-five pounds of steam on. The
Fort then opened fire on us, and, getting our REPORT OF REAR-ADMIRAL D. G. FARRAGUT.
range, every other shell did execution-the secFLAG-SUP HARTFORD, MOBILE BAY, Aug. 8, 1864. ond shell or shot, (as it did not explode, I could SIR: I regret to inform the Department, that not tell which,) struck the rail about the starafter I had passed the forts some time, I saw a board bow-port, and immediately killed Frank steamer on fire inside the bay. I soon perceived Wilson, landsman. One shot passed through that it was the Philippi, and I could not imagine the boiler, entirely disabling us, and another how she came to be set on fire.
burst in the engine-room. At this time Fort I have since received the report of her com- Morgan kept up a constant fire at us, every shell manding officer, Acting Master J. T. Seaver, doing more or less execution. The men, while I which is herewith inclosed:
was forward, many of them, rushed aft, and The facts appear to be, that Acting Master commenced cutting the boats' falls. Hearing Seaver, on the evening before the action, asked this, I came aft and ordered them to stop, which Fleet-Captain Drayton if he should not follow the they did, and the boats were lowered with safety, squadron into the bay. Captain Drayton told him but the men crowded in, and two of the boats that that would be a folly, and ordered him to go were immediately filled. I put the wounded in and deliver the ammunition he had brought from one of the boats, and sent the dying in charge of Pensacola, on board the Tennessee, and then re-Acting Ensign L, R. Vance, to the Cowslip, for port to Lieutenant Commander Grafton, senior assistance.
The deck being full of steam and smoke, and Four others also swam to the beach, and were indications of the ship being on fire, and two of taken prisoners at Fort Morgan and immediately my men being wounded and one scalded, and sent away. almost every shell, either direct or ricochet, strik- This information was received when communiing the steamer, and the boilers being disabled, cating by tlag of truce with the Fort. none of and my men, several of them being almost them, we were told, were officers. paralyzed with fear; also, the sight of the rebel
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, steamer coming out, and the utter impossibility
D. G. FARRAGUT, to save the steamer or resist the enemy, I judged
Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron. it best to abandon her.
Hon. GIDEON WELLES, I pulled alongside the Cowslip and Buckthorn,
Secretary of the Navy, Washington. the two vessels being close to each other, and put the wounded on board; both vessels then JOINT REPORT OF ACTING MASTERS O. F. LANGLEY stood toward the Genesee. I went on board, and
AND G. COTTRELL, reported to Captain Grafton ; was ordered to put
U. S. SHIP POTOMAC, PENSACOLA, August 6, 1864. the wounded on board the Tennessee and report
Sir: Believing that we are the only surviving to Captain Grafton again, but as the Genesee officers of steamed toward Pelican Channel, I was forced lit our duty to report the circumstances attending
nese officers of the U. S. Monitor Tecumseh, we feel to remain on the Tennessee. The Quartermaster,
her loss, and of the safety of a boat's crew. William H. French, who was wounded in the
When nearly abreast of Fort Morgan, and stomach, died at twenty minutes past seven.
about one hundred and fifty yards from the List of Casualties-Frank Wilson, landsman, beach, a row of buoys was discovered stretching killed; William H. French, Quartermaster, mor- from the shore, a distance from one to two hun. tally wounded; John Collins, coal-heaver, scald-dred yards. It being reported to Captain Craven, ed; and Joseph Boyd, slightly wounded
he immediately gave the vessel full speed, and The officers were perfectly cool throughout the attempted to pass between two of them. When time while under fire, and in leaving the ship. in their range, a torpedo was exploded directly Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
under the turret, blowing a large hole through
the bottom of the vessel, through which the James T. SEAVER,
water rushed in with great rapidity.
Acting Master, To Admiral D. G. FARRAGUT,
Finding that the vessel was sinking, the order
was given to leave our quarters, and from that Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.
moment every one used the utmost exertions to
clear himself from the wreek. LOSS OF THE MONITOR TECUMSEH.
After being carried down by the vessel several REPORT OF REAR-ADMIRAL D. G. FARRAGUT. times, we were picked up in a drowning condiFlag-Smp HARTFORD, W. G. B. SQUADRON, MOBILE BAY, L
tion by one of our boats, manned by the followAugust 27, 1664.
ing men: S. S. Shinn, Gunner's Mate; John SIR: I have the honor to forward herewith
Gould, Quarter-Gunner; Frank Commens, sea(marked No.1) a copy of a report made to me by man; Richard Collins, s
man ; Richard Collins, seaman; and Peter Parkes, Acting Masters C. F. Langley and Gardner Coti- landsman, all of whom are now on board this rell, two of the survivors of the iron-clad Tecumseh, and in which are given the names of six ! Captain Craven was seen in the turret by Mr. men who were saved in the same boat, namely: Cottrell, just before the vessel sunk, and as he S. S. Shinn, Gunner's Mate ; Jno. Gould, Quarter- had a life-preserving vest on, we have hopes that Gunner: Frank Commins, seaman : Richard Col- he reached the shore. lins, seaman; and Peter Parks, seaman.
Not recovering from our exhausted condition These officers are certainly in error in their until the boat was abreast of the Hartford, and statement that a row of buoys stretched from knowing that an attempt to board one of the
shore a distance of one to two hundred attacking fleet would cause the loss of her posi. yards. We now know, that the channel adjacent tion, we pulled for the Buckthorn, from which to the shore was entirely clear of torpedoes, and vessel we were sent to the Tennessee, and afterthat the latter were placed between the two large ward, by Captain Grafton's order, sent to this buoys, to which I have referred in my reports.
ship. There was no opportunity of making a In addition to the persons named in this re | report to Captain Grafton, otherwise it would port as saved, the boat from the Metacomet, I have been done in person. under Acting Ensign Nields, rescued Acting! Hoping that the course pursued by us will Ensign John P, Zetlich, Chauncey V. Dean, meet your approval, we are, very respectfully, etc., Quartermaster; Wm. Roberts, Quartermaster;
C. F. LANGLEY, James McDonald, seaman ; Geo. Major, seaman;
Acting Master. James Thorn, seaman ; Chas. Packard, ordinary
GARDNER COTTRELL, seaman ; Wm. Fadden, landsman; and Wm. 0.
Acting Master. West, coal-heaver-with the pilot of the Tecum Rear-Admiral D. G. FARRAGUT, seh, John Collins.
Commanding W. G. B. Squadron.
belonging to the claimant, and upon the claimant ENLISTMENT OF COLORED TROOPS.
| filing a valid deed of manumission and release of
service, the board shall give the claimant a cerGENERAL ORDERS, NO. 329.
tificate of the sum awarded, which, on presentaWAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, I
tion, shall be paid by the chief of the Bureau. Washington, D. O., October 18, 1863. '} Ninth. All enlistments of colored troops in the WHEREAS, the exigencies of the war require State of Maryland, otherwise than in accordance that colored troops be enlisted in the States of with these regulations, are forbidden. Maryland, Missouri, and Tennessee, it is
Tenth. No person who is or has been engaged ORDERED BY THE PRESIDENT, That the Chief in the rebellion against the Government of the of the Bureau for the Organization of Colored United States, or who in any way has or shall Troops shall establish recruiting stations at con- give aid or comfort to the enemies of the Governvenient places within said States, and give pub-ment, shall be permitted to present any claim or lic notice thereof, and be governed by the follow- receive any compensation for the labor or service ing regulations :
of any slave, and all claimants shall file with First. None but able-bodied persons shall be their claims an oath of allegiance to the United enlisted.
States. By order of the President Second. The State and county in which the
E. D. TOWNSEND, enlistments are made shall be credited with the
Assistant Adjutant-General. recruits enlisted.
This order was extended, on October twentyThird. All persons enlisted into the military sixth, to Delaware, at the personal request of service shall for ever thereafter be FREE.
Governor Cannon. Fourth. Free persons, and slaves with the writ. ten consent of their owners, and slaves belonging
Doc. 5. to those who have been engaged in or given aid or comfort to the rebellion, may now be enlisted
FIGHT NEAR WAYNESVILLE, MO. the owners who have not been engaged in or
Rolla, Mo., November 8, 1863. given aid to the rebellion being entitled to com- | Editors Missouri Democrat : pensation as hereinafter provided..
Sirs: There have been many accounts of unFifth. If within thirty days from the date of
he date of equal fights published during this war, but if there opening enlistments, notice thereof and of the is any that will beat the following, I should like recruiting stations being published, a sufficient to hear of it: number of the description of persons aforesaid to Lieutenant C. C. Troyford, of company H, meet the exigencies of the service should not be Fifth Missouri militia cavalry, while on a scout enlisted, then enlistments may be made of slaves with seven men of his company, was attacked in without requiring consent of their owners, but a house about eighteen miles south of Waynesthey may receive compensation as herein provid- ville by two hundred and fifty rebels, under Coled for owners offering their slaves for enlistment. Ionel Love: the boys fought three hours against
Sixth. Any citizen of said States, who shall of this overwhelming force, when their ammunition fer his or her slave for enlistment into the mili- was exhausted. The rebels crept up and set fire tary service, shall, if such slave be accepted, re- to the house ; the boys then came out, and threw ceive from the recruiting officer a certificate there- down their revolvers and surrendered. The rebof, and become entitled to compensation for the els lost five killed, seven wounded, and some that service of said slave, not exceeding the sum of could not be counted by the Lieutenant. Also, three hundred dollars, upon filing a valid deed seven horses were killed. Among the mortally of manumission and of release, and making satis- wounded is Colonel Tucker, alias Bent Woods, factory proof of title. And the recruiting officer the notorious guerrilla and stage-robber. Not shall furnish to any claimant of descriptive list one of our boys was wounded in any way, but of any person enlisted and claimed under oath to they were stripped of every thing. Lieutenant be his or her slave, and allow any one claiming Trovford had three hundred dollars in greenunder oath that his or her slave has been enlist-backs, which he managed to hide and keep. The ed without his or her consent, the privilege of boys were paroled, and returned, and are now inspecting the enlisted man for the purpose of safely in canip. identification.
It appears that the forces of Colonel Love Seventh. A board of three persons shall be and Colonel Freeman contemplated an attack on appointed by the President, to whom the rolls Waynesville on Sunday last, but hesitated, and and recruiting lists shall be furnished for public put it off till the next morning; then, hearing of information, and, on demand exhibited to any the return of Major Fischer from pursuing Joe person, claiming that his or her slave has been Shelby, beat a hästy retreat and came upon the enlisted against his or her will.
little squad of company H, gobbled them, but Eighth. If a person shall, within ten days after found a bitter pill. The boys say, that if it had the filing of said rolls, make a claim for the serv- been a decent house, the rebs would never have ice of any person so enlisted, the board sball got them out of it. proceed to examine the proof of title, and, if
I remain, very respectfully, yours, valid, shall award just compensation, not exceed
R. B. KELLEY, .ng three hundred dollars for each slave enlisted !
Sergeant. VOL. VIII.-Doc. 10
lieutenant on board. In towing the steamship
Empire City, she proved so heavy that she strainTHE TEXAN EXPEDITION. ed the upper works of the Union to such an ex
tent as to cause her to leak badly. About eleven A NATIONAL ACCOUNT.
o'clock on Friday night, Captain Baxter was hailFLAG-SarP MOCLELLAX,
ed by Captain Mayhood, who reported that the Off Brazos de Santiago, Texas, Nov. 2, 1863.) Union was sinking. The former immediately AGAIN an army of American soldiers is on ordered a boat to be lowered and manned, Mr. Texas soil, and once more in the neighborhood Ward, the second mate of the Empire City, takof the almost sacred battle-fields of Palo Alto and ing charge of her. This, with the life-boat from Resaca de la Palma.
the Union, rescued the crew and negroes, and all The following account of the expedition from were saved before the steamer sank, though many the time it left South-West Pass to the successful of the latter were so overcome by fear that they landing of troops on the Texan coast, at Brazos were unable to spring into the boats as they apde Santiago, nine miles from the mouth of the proached the side of the vessel, and to save thein Rio Grande del Norte, will be read with interest from going down with her it was found necessary by all.
to throw them overboard, and trust to those in An expedition was fitted out at New Orleans the boats to pick them up. Five trips were made under the command of Major-General Dana. to the sinking steamer, by Mr. Ward and the General Banks and staff also accompanied it. boats crews of the Empire City. Captain Baxter
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, all went and his gallant fellows deserve great praise for well, the vessels keeping in line at their proper their coolness, bravery, and perseverance in this distances ; weather fine, sea a little rough. trying hour. The Union was a light-draught
On Friday morning, October thirtieth, at half- steamer, of about one hundred and fifty tons past four o'clock, there was a sudden and great burden, between cight and nine years old, and change. The weather, up to this time, (night and was worth probably about seven thousand day,) had been uncomfortably hot, but at the dollars. hour mentioned a “heavy norther" struck us; Nothing of further interest occurred up to four the fleet could no longer be kept together, many o'clock P.M. At that hour we again spoke the vessels being compelled to separate and run be- Empire City, she having been absent from the fore the wind, which soon blew a gale. The fleet several hours. She answered to our inquiry weather all day was bitter cold.
if all were well on board : “ All well, sir." "The For nearly twelve hours the storm raged, and captain then informed us that a few hours prelong after the wind had ceased to blow, the waves vious, he had picked up, forty miles off Pass Caran “mountains high." We had, perhaps, the vallo, a small boat with two deserters from the best fleet of sca-going vessels, of any expedition enemy, they having been at sea forty hours. The which has left port during this war, and fears poor fellows were ordered to be sent on board the were entertained for the safety of only three or McClellan in a boat, but they were so weak and four light-draught steamers, which we were under stiff from exposure, hunger, and the want of sleep the necessity of taking along—the Zephyr, Bagley, as to be perfectly helpless, each requiring the asUnion, etc. There was also great danger of the sistance of two men. They stated that they besinking of the schooners in tow, and it was not longed to company B, Eighth Texas infantry, but until this morning that we learned the full extent on the twenty-sixth of August, they, with eight of the loss which the fleet had sustained. The others, were detailed to serve on board the John Union and two schooners went down. The Zephyr F. Carr, (rebel gunboat.) On Thursday night had her machinery broken, and was taken in tow last, about nine o'clock, they saw a small boat by the gunboat Owasco. The Bagley was com- lying between the gunboat and Fort Esperanze, pelled to run before the wind, and up to this morn- and thinking this a good opportunity to desert, ing it was feared that she had sunk, with all on they entered it, rowed out to sea, and started for board; but at an carly hour we spoke the United the mouth of Brazos River, where they learned States brig Bahia, off Aranzas Pass. She report- were some of our blockaders; but a norther comed having spoke the Bagley last evening, and her ing up, they were unable to manage the boat, captain requested the blockader to report to the and let her drift before the wind. All day Friflag-ship: “ All's well; we shall remain at the day, through that terrible storm, all night, and rendezvous for instruction.” This was glorious up to ten o'clock on Saturday morning, they were news, for, though three vessels have sunk, not a driven in every direction in their frail boat, which life has been lost nor a man injured. I may here could only be kept afloat by constant baling. state that it was arranged that, if a storm oc- They were thus exposed for about forty hours, curred, or if any of the steamers should by any and, as I before observed, without rest or a means become separated from the fleet, they mouthful to eat. They were received by all on should assemble at a place appointed on the board the Empire City and McClellan with a Texas coast, and there wait for orders.
hearty welcome, and several of the staff-officers The steamer Union, Captain Mayhood, sunk offered the poor, ragged, and barefooted deserters between seven and eight o'clock on Saturday their beds, and furnished them with food and morning. In addition to the crew, there were drink, both of which they were sadly in need of. forty-six negroes of the Corps d'Afrique and one. When these men were able to converse, it was discovered that they knew much that was of and a half fathoms, and a close examination was great importance to the generals commanding. made of the mouths of the Brazos and Boca They said that revolvers and powder in large Chica Passes. We then stcamed slowly along quantities were manufactured at New-Browns- the shore, running in about five fathoms, when, ville, and that the former sold at two hundred once more joining the fleet, we headed for Brazos and fifty dollars each, rebel money. General Santiago bar, and anchored for the night about a Magruder, they say, is now at Houston. He has mile distant-sea running high, weather sultry. only two thousand troops (cavalry) there, the re- At an early hour this morning the bar was ex. mainder of his army being scattered about at amined, and casks laid down as buoys. Nine various places, the most being at Galveston and feet of water was found upon the bar, and once Sabine Pass. At the former city there is also a over, navigation was easy. We accordingly comregiment of heavy artillery. There is a formida- menced preparing to enter the harbor, and the ble fort near Brownsville, on the Rio Grande, light-draught steamer General Banks, with the called Fort Brown. Brigadier-General Bee is in Nineteenth Towa on board, got under way, and command. Since receiving this news, I learn was soon rising and falling amid the foam of the from another party that General Bee has been huge breakers; but as she steamed gallantly on superseded, and Brigadier-General Slaughter ap- and crossed the bar in safety, the soldiers on pointed to the command. About the time we board gave three hearty cheers, which were heard picked up these men, we could see along the on the flag-ship and answered by the waving of Texas coast the sand-hills of Isla del Padre. The hats and handkerchiefs. She crossed the bar at distance, however, was very great, and even with precisely twelve o'clock noon, and from that mothe aid of a glass they looked dark, and resembled ment Texas was ours. The General's despatchtrees in appearance. As the sun was setting, we boat-the little steamer Drew-followed, and she approached nearer land, and though no human went capering along like a frisky young coquette habitation was seen, we were observed from the of sixteen, bounding over the bar like a cork. shore, as a column of dense smoke was seen to The Clinton, with the Thirteenth and Fifteenth rise from the sand-hills immediately in our front, Maine regiments on board,'was the third to cross, instantly followed by a second and a third, and and it was her good fortune to be the first to though each of the latter rose far to our right, disembark her troops, the soldiers of the Fifthey were plainly visible from the steamer's deck. teenth Maine first touching Texas soil. The About seven o'clock, when the sun had disap- next moment, the flag of this regiment, followed peared, and hills and sea were enveloped in dark- by that of the Nineteenth Iowa, was raised. ness, far as the eye could reach, a bright light was Thus the men from the extreme northern point seen, and a moment later the heavens were illu- of the Union were the first to raise the flag of minated by the answering signal-fires along the America over the soil of the extreme southern coast, reminding one of “Bonnie Scotland" in point, and finish the work so gloriously begun, feudal times, when the beacon-lights burst forth of planting the banner of freedom in the last in a blaze from every hill-top, calling to arms the State in rebellion, over which the Stars and clans of the numerous chiefs, or warning them Stripes have not waved for some time. of threatened danger. I have no hesitation On landing on Brazos Island, the Fifteenth whatever in saying that in less than one hour the Maine, Colonel Dwyer, accompanied by Major whole South was startled with the news of our Von Hermann, of General Banks's staff, started arrival off the mouth of the Rio Grande.
for Boca Chica, took possession of the Pass, and Sunday was a bright and beautiful day, though encamped there, throwing out pickets. No rethe heavy swell was not very agreeable to those sistance whatever was offered, and no human who had not yet recovered from sea-sickness, and beings have yet been seen on the island or elsemany of the officers in consequence were in where, if I except the repulse of two companies danger of throwing up their commissions. The of cavalry by the guns of the T. A. Scott, Capflag-ship cruised around for several hours in tain O'Brien, which anchored off the mouth of search of the steamers which had lost the fleet Boca Chica this morning, and opened upon the in the night, and we approached within four rebels who had attempted to cross. The same miles of the mouth of the Rio Grande del Norte. transport the night previous anchored off the To the left, in Mexican waters, I counted thirty- mouth of the Rio Grande, and amused herself by seven sail of blockade-runners; but could not keeping up an almost constant fire upon the see a single steamer, though toward evening an Mexican vessels crossing and recrossing the officer from one of the gunboats reported that river. The old salt was a few miles wrong in his later in the day a French man-of-war and an- reckoning; for he afterward stated that he other steamer were with the fleet of blockade-“ thought he was peppering away at the damned runners. The Leviathan had assisted the Mc- rebels in Boca Chica instead of the harmless Clellan in searching for the missing vessels of Mexicans on the Rio Grande," so that we shall the fleet, and at three o'clock in the afternoon probably have to make an apology for the slight the whole, with the exception of the Mononga- mistake of firing upon their vessels while en. hela, Owasco, (the latter having the Zephyr ingaged in a contraband trade with the rebels on tow,) the Pocahontas, and the Bagley, were to the Texan shore. gether and lying opposite Brazos Santiago. The Those of your readers who have ever visited McClellan approached close in shore, in three Ship Island can have a good idea of this barren,