War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0115 Chapter XXXVIII. SIEGE OF PORT HUDSON, LA.

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Admiral FARRAGUT:

Dispatches to General Banks delivered in person. Chief engineer asks, Can you give him four 30-pounder Parrott guns, and on what kind of carriages?

J. S. BAKER,

Captain and Engineer.

J. S. BAKER, Engineer:

The admiral has no 30-pounder Parrott guns here. It is understood a large number belonging to the army are at New Orleans, in store.

T. A. JENKINS,

Captain and Chief of Staff.

JUNE 13, 1863

General BANKS:

Ammunition for the naval battery just received, and will be sent to Springfield Landing this a.m.

T. A. JENKINS,

Captain and Chief of Staff.

JUNE 14, 1863

Admiral FARRAGUT:

The telegraph operator here was ordered to the front this morning. We have no communication with General Banks' headquarters. Officers coming in report Weitzel inside the enemy's works. The front was defeated in an assault. This is what I can learn here at Springfield Landing.

JOHN WATTERS,

Lieutenant-Commander.

JUNE 15, 1863.

Commanding Officer of the Lower Fleet:

From information received, I think an attack will be made upon my force by a large force of cavalry. If the enemy does not attack me to-day, I shall move my force to the lower fleet, for the purpose of getting a safe position and near supplies.

C. H. SAGE.

Colonel, Commanding

Send this to General Banks.

D. G. FARRAGUT.

Admiral.

JUNE 15, 1863.

Major-General BANKS:

I can deliver in New Orleans, 1,000 30-pounder Parrott shot or shell, and 600 20-pounder Parrott shot or shell. If wanted, telegraph to Commodore Morris for it to be sent in any army transport.

D. G. FARRAGUT,

Admiral.

JUNE 17, 1863.

Admiral FARRAGUT:

Can you send me two surgeons, as the wounded are coming in very fast and I am short-handed?

J. C. FISHER,

Medical Director.

JAMES C. FISHER,

Medical Director:

I have but one surgeon.

D. G. FARRAGUT,

Admiral.

U. S. GUNBOAT WINONA.

Springfield Landing, June 19, 1863

Admiral FARRAGUT:

SIR: The enemy is in force near Plaquemine-cavalry, infantry, and artillery. The force that made this morning's raid numbered 300. It seems they intended attacking this place. I at once proceeded here as quick as possible. The commanding