FLAG-SHIP STOCKDALE, April 8, 1865 - 8.45 p. m.
Your dispatch of the 8th, 8 p. m., just received. I congratulate you on be surpassed. I am now hard at work, and have been all last night and all day, and shall be all this night, clearing the ground for the monitors to advance, and I will try to put them within shelling distance to-morrow. Torpedoes very numerous; 100 pounds in many of them. I shall per-severe. I have 100-pounder Parrott en route from Pensacola, all fitted. Can I have it put in navy battery on its arrival?
H. K. THATCHER,
HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
April 8, 1865.
Brigadier General J. BAILEY:
General Canby telegraphed the good new s of the day direct to the admiral from Smith's headquarters. Will you be so good as to forward the annexed dispatch?
C. T. CHRISTENSEN.
Your dispatch is received. Thanks for your kind expressions and for your cordial co-operation. I shall be happy to received the additional 100-pounder and to place it in the naval battery, as you suggest. That battery behaved admirably to-day.
E. R. S. CANBY,
HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER BRIGADE,
April 8, 1865.
Major General P. J. OSTERHAUS,
Chief of Staff:
The following dispatch has just been received, which I am requested to telegraph to you:
FORT GAINES, April 7, 1865.
General P. J. OSTERHAUS,
Chief of Staff, Military Division of West Mississippi:
Your dispatch concerning ammunition for the mortar-boats just received. All the ammunition that has arrived in this harbor has been sent forward, except some 1,500 13 and 15 inch shells received a couple of days since and consigned to chief ordnance officer at Fort Morgan and unloaded there. These I presume to have been intended for the mortar-boats, although I cannot ascertain. I have ordered them sent forward to Starke's Landing at the earliest moment possible. The last ordnance schooner that arrived here is the Montezuma. She was sent to Starke's Landing on the 5th instant.
C. G. SAWTELLE,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief Quartermaster.
I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,