Fri Jul 29 1864|
CDR C B P Rogers, USS Iroquois, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report the arrival of the Iroquois at Brest this morning after a passage of less than nineteen days from New York, a large part of which was made under sail. We have had an unusually rough passage for the season, and much disagreeable weather. The ship is a good sea boat, although very wet and uncomfortable.
I am led to believe that the change in her battery has made her much easier at sea - that she rolls less heavily and with a decreased jerk.
I have several very intelligent petty officers on board, who have served in the ship in all her cruises, and they are very positive in the assertion of this opinion, which is also held by the boatswain, Mr. Downs, who served in the ship under Captain Case. I have much confidence in his judgment.
The officers and crew are in good health. As soon as I can take in coal I shall be ready for service. I have not yet seen our consul, as the ship has been placed in quarantine, from which she will be released in a day or two.
I have informed our minister at Paris of my arrival, and of the instructions under which I have come hither."
SECNAV writes Samuel Corry, Governor of state of Maine, "In reply to your letter of the 18th instant, I have the honor to inform you that the coast of Maine will occasionally be visited by our men-of-war for the protection of American interests in that quarter, but the Department has no vessel which it can permanently station off that coast without interfering with other and more important service."
CAPT Melancton Smith, SOPA James River, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report that the Mendota and Agawam were engaged all day on the 28th shelling the enemy across Four Mile Creek where they had been very busy throwing up works and maneuvering large bodies of men, supposed to be nearly all of Longstreet and Hill's corps.
The enemy made a demonstration on General Foster's front and the Agawam opened fire, but with what effect it has not been ascertained.
Commander Nichols, of the Mendota, reports that he fired at intervals of seventeen minutes and that General Hancock informed him that his shelling was very effective and of great assistance to his operations. He had the misfortune, however, to disable his after 100-pounder pivot, the rifles being the only guns that would reach the position occupied by the enemy.
The gun was fractured from the forward edge of the reinforce band on the breech to a point forward of the center of the trunnion, but from the report of Commander Nichols, forwarded this day to the Bureau of Ordnance, the gun was properly served and every ordnance requirement complied with.
A confidential communication from General Weitzel, received this afternoon, states that in view of a military movement ordered by General Grant all the troops excepting General Foster's original command will be moved to-night from Deep Bottom, and requests all the assistance I can render him. All the naval force that can operate to advantage at that point has been sent."
RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes BGEN Schimmelfennig, USA, Northern District, Department of the South, "I am much obliged by your two letters, just received, and send you, as requested, some torpedoes, with an officer of my staff to explain their use.
Our operations in the Stono felt the rebels in a weak point, and I hope we shall be able to renew it some day."
LCDR G H Perkins, USS Chickasaw, writes CMDR JAMES S PAlmer, 1st Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, "I would respectfully report the steering gear of this vessel unsafe and unapplicable. I have been compelled to anchor in consequence of the wheel ropes stretching and allowing the propeller to strike the rudder.
The whole steering gear, in my opinion, is wrong. I will remedy the evil, as far as possible, in an hour or two and proceed to my destination.
I learn from the officers that the same accident happened twice before on her way down the river.
May I beg that you will forward the spare wheel ropes as soon as possible."