S. FORT JACKSON,
Off Galveston, Tex., May 24,1865.
Acting Rear-Admiral H.
Commanding West Gulf Squadron, Mobile Bay.
Admiral: I have the satisfaction to
report the destruction of the famous blockade runner Denbigh, side-wheel steamer,
iron, 162 tons. She was discovered from this vessel at early daylight this morning aground
on Bird Key Spit, near Bolivar Point. I sent the Cornubia and Princess
Royal to open fire upon her, and boats were sent from Kennebec and Seminole
to board and destroy her, which was effectually done by 7 a. m. A boat from the Seminole,
in charge of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Mundy, although the farther off, was the first to
board and.apply the torch, and she was soon enveloped in flames, the crew having escaped
to the shore when thev saw they were discovered. Papers were found on board showing she
the Denbigh, from Havana, 18th instant. She is now a wreck and has made her last
I regret to report that Luke
Robins, seaman, of the Seminole, was instantly killed by the accidental discharge
of his own gun while leaving the wreck:
I have the honor to be, very
respectfully, etc., your obedient servant,
B. F. SANDS,
Captain, Commanding Third Division West Gulf Squadron.