of Commander Henry Walke, U. S. Navy,
Commanding U. S. Gunboat Carondelet.
FEBRUARY 28--APRIL 8, 1862.
Operations at New Madrid, Mo., and Island No. 10, and descent upon Union City, Tenn.
U.S. GUNBOAT CARONDELET,
April 7, 1862.
Maj. Gen. JOHN POPE,
Commanding U. S. Forces, New Madrid.
SIR: Agreeably to your instructions of the 6th instant, I proceeded down the Mississippi about 6.30 this morning. Attacked, silenced, and spiked all the guns of the rebel batteries opposite your batteries. The lower one made a desperate resistance. It consisted of two 64-pounder howitzers and one 32-pounder gun. Two were dismounted and the other disabled by our shots. I then took and spiked temporarily a 64-pounder howitzer about half a mile above, and a quarter of a mile above that found a 64-pounder spiked. I took on board a man who reported himself to me as a spy, whom I send to you. The rebels had set fire to a house on the shore.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Commander, U. S. Navy.
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