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DONALDSONVILLE, April 24, 1865.

(Received 11 a. m.)

Major WICKHAM HOFFMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Southern Division of Louisiana:

The Ouachita has been lying at this point. She is now on her way down the river. Have everything ready in the fort in case the ram returns up the river. The telegraph operator reports that the line on the opposite side of the river is cut below and no communication above.

W. O. FISKE,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

DONALDSONVILLE, April 24, 1865. (Received 9. 20 a. m.)

ASST. ADJT. General SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA:

The following just received:

Colonel W. O. FISKE,

Commanding U. S. Forces:

SIR: This morning about 4 a. m. a steamer here, supposed to be an army tow-boat. I since learn it was the W. H. Webb, a rebel ram. Will you please telegraph to New Orleans.?

Yours, &c.,

W. E. FITZHUGH,

Lieutenant-Commander, U. S. S. Ouachita.

W. O. FISKE,

Colonel First Louisiana, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA,

New Orleans, La., April 24, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Donaldsonville:

The rebel ram Webb was met by our gun-boats about twenty-four miles below this city. She ran ashore and was blown up.

WICKHAM HOFFMAN,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copies to commanding officer Camp Parapet, Bonnet Carre, and Fort Jackson.)

BONNET CARRE, April 24, 1865. (Received 4. 10 p. m.)

Lieutenant MALONEY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

The rebel ram Webb passed here about 9 a. m. She cut our wires about thirteen miles above.

CHAS. EVERETT,

Colonel.

BONNET CARRE, April 24, 1865.

Lieutenant MALONEY,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Southern Division of Louisiana:

LIEUTENANT: I reported this morning the passing of the Webb about 9 a. m. One of our men saw them cut the wires about thirteen miles above this point. He reported to Lieutenant Enos, who immedi-