the prospect of opening the pass is encouraging, and that General Washburn expected to reach the Coldwater with his transports to-morrow.
JOHN A. McClernand,
Major General U. S. GRANT.
FEBRUARY 24, 1863. - Capture of the Indianola.
Numbers 1. - Lieutenant General J. C. Pemberton, C. S. Army, commanding Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana.
Numbers 2. - Major General Richard Taylor, C. S. Army, commanding District of Western Louisiana, with congratulatory orders.
Numbers 3. - Lieutenant Colonel Frederick B. Brand, Miles' (Louisiana) Legion.
Numbers 4. - Major J. L. Brent, C. S. Army.
Numbers 5. - Major General Carter L. Stevenson, C. S. Army.
Numbers 6. - Colonel Wirt Adams, Mississippi Cavalry.
Numbers 1. Report of Lieutenant General J. C. Pemberton, C. S. Army, commanding Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. Vicksburg, February 25, 1863.
Expedition, fitted up in Red River and Port Hudson, captured ironclad gunboat Indianola at 11 o'clock last night; is now sunk in the Mississippi; shows bow and upper works out near Mr. Joe Davis' plantation; armament, two 11-inch forward, two 9-inch aft. Lieutenant Brown, U. S. Navy, commanding, with his officers and men, captured; will do everything possible to raise end get her afloat immediately. There will probably be an attempt by other iron-clads to run down past our batteries to-night. Major J. L. Brent, of General Taylor's forces, commanded the expedition.
J. C. PEMBERTON,
GENERAL S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General.
Numbers 2. Reports of Major General Richard Taylor, C. S. Army, commanding District of Western Louisiana, with congratulatory orders. Vicksburg, February 25, 1863.
I have the honor to report, after a severe and hot engagement, the capture of the Federal iron-clad steamer Indianola, Lieutenant-Commander Brown, U. S. Navy, together with all her officers and crew, by the Confederate States steamers Queen of the WEST and Webb, forming
* For reports of Actg. Rear-Admiral David D. Porter and Lieutenant Commander George Brown, U. S. Navy, see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 7, 1863.