War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0116 W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS., LA., TEX., N. MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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officer expects an attack. With the assistance of a gunboat the fort can be held, in my opinion, against any force the rebels can bring.

A. W. WEAVER,

Lieutenant-Commander, U. S. Navy.

This is respectfully submitted by-

JOHN F. JENCKS,

First Lieutenant 26th Conn. Vols., and Acting Signal Officer.

Lieutenant GEORGE R. HERBERT,

Adjutant, Signal Corps, Department of the Gulf.

Numbers 15. Report of Lieutenant James H. Rundlett, Fiftieth Massachusetts Infantry, Acting Signal Officer, of operations May 24-July 7.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.,

July 27, 1863

SIR; I have the honor to report to you the following signal duty as having been performed by me since the 24th of May, 1863:

May 24, I was ordered by Lieutenant Hallett, commanding detachment at Baton Rouge, to report to Springfield Landing without delay. I proceeded from there to the headquarters of General Augur, and was then ordered by Lieutenant Hallett to report to Acting Brigadier-General Dudley's headquarters for duty.

June 1, having opened communication with the headquarters of General Augur, sent the following messages:

JUNE 1.

General AUGUR;

Please ask Captain Holcomb the range of the three last spherical case shots I fired after I received his message.

DUDLEY,

Colonel.

JUNE 1.

Colonel DUDLEY:

I did not see them.

HOLCOMB,

Captain.

Was now ordered by Lieutenant Hallett to build a station on Griffith's plantation, on a line of communication between the headquarters of General Banks and the U. S. sloop of war Richmond.

JUNE 4.

Admiral FARRAGUT:

The enemy number their water batteries 1,2, &c., from up-river down. The magazine is behind battery Numbers 6,500 yards back from the river.

N. P. BANKS,

JUNE 6.

General BANKS:

I have got the enemy under my control. The minute he opens, I silence him. I am glad I hurt him.

D. G. FARRAGUT.

JUNE 9.

General BANKS:

Hammering and building is reported at the mouth of Thompson's Creek. Can you account for it?

D. G. FARRAGUT.