MAY 9, 1864.-Destruction of the U. S. transport Harriet A. Weed in Saint John's River, Fla.
No. 1.-Brigadier General John P. Hatch, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the South.
No. 2.-Major General Patton Anderson, C. S. Army.
No. 1. Report of Brigadier General John P. Hatch, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the South.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,
Hilton Head, S. C., May 12, 1864.
I regret having to report the loss of the armed transport Harriet A. Weed, sunk by the explosion of a torpedo on the 9th instant in the Saint John's River, Fla., near the mouth of Cedar Creek, 12 miles below Jacksonville. Five citizens, employes, were drowned. That part of the river was, when I left Florida, patrolled by the U. S. war steamer Mahaska.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. P. HATCH,
Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,
No. 2. Report of Major General Patton Anderson, C. S. Army.*
DISTRICT OF FLORIDA,
Near Jacksonville, May 9, 1864. (Via Columbus, 10th.)
Another of the enemy's steamers was blown into fragments this morning by a torpedo on the Saint John's, a short distance below Jacksonville. She had two guns aboard and was towing a schooner. The latter escaped. Not known how many lost. This is the third steamer which has met this fate in the Saint John's within the last forty days.
MAY 11, 1864.-Reconnaissance to Daufuskie Island, S. C.
Report of Colonel William W. H. Davis, One hundred and fourth Pennsylvania Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Hilton Head, S. C., May 11, 1864.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following report, for the information of the brigadier-general commanding the department:
I left Hilton Head this morning on the armed transport Croton, accompanied by the Thomas Foulks and Plato, with 200 men from
*See also report of Major-General Jones, p.117.