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place between the rams before the flotilla, led by the part of the enemy. One of the vessels, going the Benton, moving at a slower rate, could arrive in deep water, carried a part of her crew with at the closest quarters. In the mean time, how:- her; another, the General Beauregard, having ever, the firing from our gunboats was continu- been blown up with steam, many of her crew ous and exceedingly well directed. The General were frightfully scalded. I doubt whether it will Beauregard and the Little Rebel were struck in ever be in my power to furnish an accurate statethe boilers and blown up.
ment of these results of the engagement. The ram Queen of the West, which Col. Ellet The attack made by the two rams under Col. commanded in person, encountered with full Ellet, which took place before the flotilla closed power the rebel steamer General Lovell and sunk in with the enemy, was bold and successful. her, but in doing so sustained some serious dam- Capt. Maynardier, commanding the mortarage.
fleet, accompanied the squadron in a tug and took Up to this time the rebel fleet had maintained possession of the Beauregard, and made her crew its position and used its guns with great spirit; prisoners. He captured also other prisoners these disasters, however, compelled the remain- during the action, and received many persons of ing vessels to resort to their superiority in speed the rebel fleet who returned and delivered themas the only means of safety. "A running light selves up after their vessels had been deserted. took place, which lasted nearly an hour, and car- It is with pleasure that I call the attention of the ried us ten miles below the city. It ended in the Department to his personal zeal and activity, the capture or destruction of four or five of the re- more conspicuous because displayed while the maining vessels of the enemy; one only, sup- mortar-boats under his command could take no posed to be the Van Dorn, having escaped. Two part in the action. of the rams, the Monarch and Lancaster Number The officers and men of the flotilla performed Three, pursued her, without success; they their duty. Three men only of the flotilla were brought back, however, another prize.
wounded, and those slightly ; but one ship was The names and fate of the vessels composing struck by shot. the rebel fleet are as follows:
I transmit herewith copies of my correspondThe General Lovell, sunk in the beginning of ence with the Mayor of Memphis, leading to the the action by the Queen of the West; she went surrender of the city. down in deep water, in the middle of the river, At eleven o'clock A.M. Col. Fitch, commanding altogether out of sight. Some of her crew es- the Indiana brigade, arrived and took military caped by swimming; how many went down in possession of the place. her, I have not been able to ascertain.
There are several prizes here, among them The General Beauregard, blown up by her four large river-steamers, which will be brought boilers and otherwise injured by shot, went down at once into the service of the Government. near shore.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your The Little Rebel, injured in a similar manner, most obedient servant, made for the Arkansas shore, where she was
C. H. Davis, abandoned by her crew.
Commanding Western Flotilla, Mississippi River, pro tem. The Jeff. Thompson, set on fire by our shells, vas run on the river-bank and abandoned by her
DESPATCHES FROM COLONEL ELLETT. crew. She burnt to the water's edge and blew up by her magazine.
OPPOSITE MEMPHIS, June 6, 1862. The General Price was also run on the Arkan- | To Hon. Eduin Stanton, Secretary of War : sas shore. She had come in contact with one The rebel gunboats made a stand early this of the rams of her own party, and was otherwise morning opposite Memphis, and opened a vigorinjured by cannon-balls. She also was aban- ous fire upon our gunboats, which was returned doned by her crew.
with equal spirit. The Sumter is somewhat cut up, but is still I ordered the Queen, my flag-ship, to pass beafloat
tween the gunboats, and run down ahead of them The fine steamer General Bragg is also above upon the two rams of the enemy, which first water, though a good deal shattered in her upper boldly stood their ground. Col. Ellett, in the works and hull.
Monarch, of which Capt. Dryden is First Master, The Van Dorn escaped.
followed gallantly. The rebel rams endeavored of the above-named vessels, the Sumter, Gene- to back down-stream, and then to turn and run, ral Bragg, and Little Rebel, will admit of being but the movement was fatal to them. The Queen repaired. I have not received the reports of the struck one of them fairly, and for a few minutes engineers and carpenters, and cannot yet deter- was fast to the wreck. After separating, the rebel mnine whether it will be necessary to send them steamer sunk. My steamer, the Queen, was then to Cairo, or whether they can be repaired here. herself struck by another rebel steamer, and dis
The pump of the Champion Number Three will abled, but though damaged, can be saved. A be applied to raise the General Price. No other pistol-shot wound in the leg deprived me of the vessels of the rebel flotilla will, I fear, be saved. power to witness the remainder of the fight. The
I have not received such information as will Monarch also passed ahead of our gunboats and enable me to make an approximate statement of went most gallantly into action. She first struck the number of killed, wounded, and prisoners on the rebel boat that struck my flag-ship, and suns
the rebel. She was then struck by one of the ninth Illinois regiment, and two men of the boatrebel rams, but not injured. She then pushed guard. on and struck the Beauregard, and burst in her The following is the reply of the Mayor of the side. Simultaneously the Beauregard was struck city: in the boiler by a shot from one of our gunboats.
MAYOR'S OFFICE, The Monarch then pushed at the gunboat Little
MEMPHIS, TEXN., June 6, 1862.
} Rebel, the rebel flag-ship, and having but little Charles Ellett, Jr., Commanding, etc. : headway, pushed her before her, the rebel com- Sir: Your note of this date is received and modore and crew escaping. The Monarch then, the contents noted. The civil authorities of this finding the Beauregard sinking, took her in tow city are not advised of its surrender to the forces until she sank in shoal water. Then, in compli- of the United States Government, and our reply ance with the request of Col. Davis, Lieut.-Col
. to you is simply to state respectfully that we Ellett despatched the Monarch and the Switzer- have no forces to oppose the raising of the flags land in pursuit of the remaining gunboat and you have directed to be raised over the Customsome transports which had escaped the gunboats, House and Post-Office. Respectfully, and two of my rams have gone below.
(Signed) John Park, I cannot too much praise the conduct of the
Mayor. pilots and engineers and military guard of the On receiving this reply the small party proMonarch and the Queen, the brave conduct of ceeded to the Post-Office to raise the National Capt. Dryden, or the heroic conduct of Lieut.-Col. flag, and were there joined by the Mayor. It is Ellett. I will name all parties in special report. proper to say that the conduct of the Mayor and
I am myself the only person in my fleet who some of the citizens was unexceptionable, but the was disabled.
CHARLES ELLETT, Jr., party was surrounded by an excited crowd, using
angry and threatening language.
They ascended to the top of the Post-Office Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War:
and planted the flag, although fired upon several It is proper and due to the brave men on the times and stoned by the mob below. Still I beQueen and the Monarch to say to you briefly, of standing in the place. Indeed, many evi
lieve this conduct was reprobated by the people that two of the rebel steamers were sunk out-dences of an extended Union sentiment in the right and immediately by the shock of my two
place reached me. One, with a large amount of cotton on board, was disabled by an accidental collision
Respectfully, with the Queen, and secured by her crew. After
(Signed) CHARLES ELLETT, Jr.,
Colonel Commanding. I was personally disabled, another rebel boat, which was also hit by a shot from the gunboats,
OPPOSITE MEMPHIS, June 10, 1562. was sunk by the Monarch, and towed into shoal Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: water by that boat. Still another, also injured There are several facts touching the naval enby the fire of our gunboats, was pushed into gagement of the sixth inst., at this place, which shore and secured by the Monarch. Of the gun. I wish to place on record. Approaching Memboats, I can only say that they bore themselves, phis, the gunboats were in advance. I had reas our navy always does, bravely and well. ceived no notice that a fight was expected, but
CHABLES ELLETT, Jr., was informed on landing within sight of Memphis
My first intimation of the presence of the eneTo Hon. E. M. Stanton :
my was a shot which passed over my boat. I Yesterday after the engagement with the rebel had four of my most powerful rams in advance fleet had nearly terminated, and the gunboats and ready for any emergency: and one of my rams had passed below, I was
The others were towing the barges. On adinformed that a white flag had been raised in the pancing to the attack, I expected, of course, to city. I immediately sent my sor
a medical be followed by the Monarch, the Lancaster, and cadet, Charles R. Ellett, ashore, with a flag of the Switzerland. truce, and the following note to the authorities : The Monarch came in gallantly. Some of the
officers of the Lancaster, which now held the OPPOSITE MEMPHIS, June 6th, 1862.
next place in line, became excited and confused, I understand that the city of Memphis has but the engineers behaved well
. surrendered. I therefore send my son with two The pilot erred in the signals, and backed the U. S. flags, with instructions to raise one upon boat ashore and disabled her rudder. the Custom-House and the other upon the Court
The captain of the Switzerland construed the House, as evidence of the return of your city to general signal order to keep half a mile in the the care and protection of the Constitution. rear of the Lancaster to mean that he was to (Signed)
Chas. Ellett, Jr., keep half a mile behind her in the engagement,
and therefore failed to icipate. The bearer of the flag and the above note was Hence the whole brunt of the fight fell upon accompanied by Lieut. Crankell of the Fifty- the Queen and Monarch. Had either the Lan
CAPTAIN PHELPS'S LETTER,
caster or Switzerland followed me as the Mon- his glory, fast dispelling the dark murky clouds arch did, the rebel gunboat Van Dorn would not that betokened rain during the morning. have escaped, and my flag-ship would not have At half-past one P. M. we pass the Lanier Farm. been disabled.
The huge black gunboats, followed by the tugs, Three of the rebel rams and gunboats, which in grand array, dance gracefully through the were struck by my two rams, sunk outright, and water, while their quick and loud escapement of were lost.
steam, furnishes music for the grand occasion. Another, called the General Price, was but The gunboats are the St. Louis, Louisville, Caron. slightly injured, and I am now raising her and delet, Cairo, and Mound City. Here, one gun. purpose to send her to my fleet.
boat passes another, giving all the life and interRespectfully,
est of a Mississippi steamboat race. (Signed) Chas. Ellett, Jr., tacle is grand and imposing. The Star-Spangled Colonel Commanding Ram-Flect. Banner Boats gracefully and free to the breeze
from each craft. In the distance, with the aid
of the glass, over the head of Island No. ThirtyUNITED ,}
four, is seen the transports with Col. Fitch's com. MEMPUIS, Tenn., June 7, 1862. mand, steaming along in order, their white steam To his Excellency David Tod, Governor of Ohio: and white paint contrasting widely with the black
SIR: I have sent to you for presentation to my coal clouds of smoke, pouring out voluminously native State, the flag which was flying from the from the chimneys of the dark "iron-clads." peak of the rebel gunboat and ram, the Gen. 2 P.M. - We are passing Widow Craighead's Bragg, when captured in the naval action off this place, which appears to have suffered materially city yesterday morning.
since the rebellion commenced. Here may be The Gen. Bragg is one of the rebel steamers seen large quantities of cotton, loose and in bales, saved, and is now being prepared for the use of floating down the river. Near this point we find the Government as a war vessel.
the rams Lancaster, No. Three and Monarch, tied to Of the eight vessels of the enemy in this ac- shore, steaming, and apparently waiting for sometion, but one escaped ; three lie buried in the thing to turn up in their line. They lay opposite depths of the Mississippi, another is a wreck on the foot of Island No. Thirty-four, when Captain the Arkansas shore, and three damaged by our Dave Dryden, of the Monarch, sings out loudly, shot, are saved.
“You can go on down. The Stars and Stripes I feel great satisfaction in being able to present wave over Fort Randolph. We put 'em up." to the State of Ohio this trophy, taken in an ac- Five minutes elapse, and we are in full view of tion which terminated so 'disastrously to the Randolph, and can see the left wing of our ficet rebel cause.
approaching from above and around the foot I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obe- of Island No. Thirty-four. The spy-glass being dient servant.
S. L. PHELPS,
freely used, Licut. Bishop says: “There's the Lieutenant Commanding Benton, and Acting “ Fleet Captain." Stars and Stripes.” Capt. Phelps—“There's a
wharf-boat they have left
. See"-looking in the CINCINNATI “COMMERCIAL" ACCOUNT. direction of Randolph. During all this time, Foore's FLOTILLA, MISSISSIPPI RIVER, OFF
Commodore Davis, with a quick, almost impatient MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE,
step, quietly paces the quarter-deck. Now the Friday, June 6, 1862, 6 P.s. old fag” is visible with the naked eye. See, it This morning, at forty-five minutes past twelve, waves gracefully from the upper corner of the all our fleet, (except the Pittsburgh,) under Com- warehouse, on the right, and lowest down. modore Davis, U.S.N., together with the ord- In fifteen minutes more, we pass Randolph in nance steamers Great Western, and Judge Tor- full review. The gunboats Louisville and St. rence, and naval supply steamer J. H. Dickey, Louis are alongside on our port. Along the was under way and steaming down the Missis- Bluff at and below Randolph we observe four desippi for Vemphis, seventy-six miles below. We serted batteries, with from one to two guns mountpass Hatchie Landing, where we found some eight ed, which we leave to the care of Col. Fitch, who houses, besides the warehouse, three of the tene- is in our rear. ments being unoccupied, perhaps deserted. At 2.40 P.M.—We pass Shawl's plantation, at the one P.M., the “ram" Queen of the West appears foot of the last of the Chickasaw Bluffs in this in sight ascending, and passes up during the next vicinity. The plantation is deserted, the only ten minutes. In the mean time we pass the town smoke visible being from the chimneys of one of of Fulton, which, like nearly all the small towns the negro houses. Îlere, and all along the river, we on landings along the Mississippi presents an an- find loose cotton abundant, having been washed tiquated appearance. Here we obtained a fine in to the shores. The distance from Fort Pillow view of the entire fleet. It was a brilliant and to Randolph is twelve miles—and no signs of the imposing spectacle. The flag-ship Benton led off enemy yet. We hear they are only one hour handsomely, followed by the Commodore's tug, ahead with their fleet of gunboats, and are stopJessie, and two others, the Terror and Spiteful. ping at all the plantations and burning cotton. Next came, at a respectful distance, four of the The smoke of bales in flames proves our informa" iron-clads," followed by the two ordnance and tion correct. one supply steamer. Old Sol blazes out in all Here Licut. Phelps elevates his “martin-box"
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aft. Our officers and men are lovers of all that is Lewis, after going on shore at his own request is gay, grand, natural, and beautiful in life, and was permitted to return to the boat. Lewis
says in their professional duties, do not even overlook he resides near Memphis. The engineer is E. A. the comforts of the migrating bird. The scenery Honness, formerly of Cincinnati. He was found alongshore we will not describe, as it is very at his engines, assisted by a negro, and pumping familiar to the majority of your readers.
water into the boilers. His conduct indicating 2.50 P.M.—The Benton runs around Island No. he was all right, he was permitted to remain in Thirty-five-the main river-while the Louisville charge of the machinery. After a few minutes' and St. Louis go down the chute. They occupy detention, in placing George P. Lord, one of the both channels in order to open the Mississippi Benton's Masters in charge, the Sovereign was effectually, and teach the rebel gunboats the art rounded out and proceeded with our flotilla down of naval warfare.
the Mississippi. Honness was formerly engineer 3.30 P.M.—We pass Pecan Point. Here we on the Acacia. Capt. Baird, formerly of the Adfind more cotton floating by the bale, and both miral, Republic, and old Sultana, was in charge negroes and whites busily engaged in gathering of the boat, but escaped. A large Star-Spangled it up as fast as the current drifts it ashore. It Banner (but no confederate flag) was found on is picked up in skiffs, and packed off by horses, board. The colors of our little tug were elevated wagons and men. At almost every plantation from her flag-staff. The engineer and pilot stated the advance of our flotilla is greeted by the they were not aware the Federal fleet had started waving of hats, bonnets and handkerchiefs, by down from Plum Point, and that the Sovereign both sexes, as well as the masters and slaves. had been sent, and was on her way, to Fort Pil
3.45 p.u.—We are at McGaffic's plantation on low and Randolph to convey confederate troops Pecan Point. The gunboats Louisville and Mound to Memphis. Coming up during the night preCity are in sight-half a mile distant—descend- vious, she had collided with the rebel gunboat ing the chute of Island No. Thirty-five. General Beauregard, tweve miles above Memphis,
4.05 P.M.—We are in the bend above Island breaking in her bow, and carrying away a porNo. Thirty-seven, where a large side-wheel steam- tion of her stem. She had been badly used in er,
bound up, appears in sight. It is Capt. Ben. the transportation of rebel troops, and is much Hutchinson's old boat the Sovereign. Five min. out of repair. It will cost over one thousand dolutes elapse as she nears us, when an eighty-two lars to repair her. She is capacious and roomy, pounder (rifled) is fired over her. The Sovereign and will make a first-rate naval hospital or supfails to come to, but, on the contrary, rounds ply-steamer. We are also hailed by men, women down. The Commodore observes: "Fire again, and children on Island No. Thirty-seven, their Capt. Phelps, bring her to.". Accordingly the camp indicating they are refugees. We did not Benton lets slip another, another, and another, stop, however, our mission being of too much imuntil she fires nine shots, the Carondelet eight, portance to relieve them. and the Cairo four shots, all of which either fall Messrs. Williamson and Tennyson, while deshort, go over, or scatter around the Sovereign's scending the river in a canoe, met several of the decks. Here, owing to a bend in the river, she rebel gunboats, but evaded them by dodging into disappears from our view.
the willows and cotton-wood. They were badly 4.20 P.M.— — The tug Spitfire, a little, wee craft used by the mosquitoes during the night previ. tender, seventy-five feet long, with a twelve-pound ous, having slept in the woods. These gentle. Dahlgren howitzer on her bow, under Lieutenant men were destined for Farragut's feet, with Bishop, Pilot Bixby, and a boat's crew, starts despatches from our flotilla. They also report after her. The race is exciting, of course. The seeing the Sovereign, and that she was engaged tug gains, and when in range gives the Sovereign in burning all the cotton she could find along five shots.
the shores. The engineer says the Captain inHere the smoke of burning cotton is plainly tended to surrender the Sovereign as soon as visible on the left-hand shore. We are also hailed he came in sight of our gunboats, but that his from the right-hand shore by two men in a “dug: heart failed him as he approached us with his out," who are brought in by the tug Terror, and steamer. Her cargo only consisted of six bales prove to be our pilots Sam. Williamson, of the of rope and cotton. The capture of this large Louisville, and John Tennyson, of the Pittsburgh, steamer by so diminutive a tug, is a new era in who have been on an important reconnoissance. gunboat warfare. We regret that we cannot give The Benton now descends the Tennessee side you the names of the crew, as they deserve espeof Island No. Thirty-seven. The Louisville and cial notice. Cairo take the other chute.
We glide along smoothly, until 8.20 P. M., when 4.40 P.M.—We overtake the tug Spitfire in the we pass Fort Harris, only six miles above Memchute, with her prize, the Sovereign, alongside, phis. The night is clear and mild, and pale Cyn. landed. The rams Monarch and Lancaster No. thia beams out in all her glory. All eyes and Three are also in pursuit of the prize, but arrive glasses are closely observing both shores, in the too late, the tug having already nailed her. It vicinity of “Paddy's Hen and Chickens"--a clusappears that the captain, as soon as he landed ter of islands—and on the look-out for the first the boat, together with several others of the glimpse of Memphis. “There's Memphis ! Don't crew, jumped ashore, and made tracks for the you see the lights on the Bluff?" says First tall timber. One of the pilots, who says his name Master Bates, who is on watch. Sure enough, the
lights are visible; we are before Memphis at 8.45 seen, together with the charred, burning, skele. P.M., only four miles above the city. We plainly ton wreck of the tug Gordon Grant, lying on the perceive, with the aid of our glass, numerous Island opposite where we lay, which was burned twinkling lights, together with the fires of an as- by the vandals last night. The timbers, or shape cending steamer, perhaps a rebel gunboat. of the ill, is there, together with the chimney
“How is the water? Can we anchor here ?" and propeller-wheel or flanges. Across on the says Capt. Phelps to pilot Dan Duffy. “Yes, Arkansas shore is the track of the Memphis and sir," he replied, "there's plenty of water." Little Rock Railroad. Two or three cars are " Then round the Benton to,” says Capt. Phelps, standing on the track, while one lies careened at when pilot Duffy gives her the wheel, bringing the water's edge, as though it had been thrown the huge chief of the "iron-clads" around most from the track. At 5.40 A.M., four or five dark, beautifully. While our anchor is being cast, the dingy-looking rebel gunboats came round the Commodore's tug “ Jessie," assisted by all the point or bend. After manœuvring up and down other tugs, dart and whiz off steam, and notify the levee awhile, as though receiving ammunition the other gunboats to “cast anchor," while the and troops, Com. J. Ed. Montgomery's flag-ship transports are ordered to land on the Arkansas Little Rebel appears in sight, and moves from shore and throw out a heavy body of pickets. In one vessel to another as if communicating, prethe mean time, the men sleep by their guns, while paratory to the conflict, as we soon afterwards the “boarding-pikes” are brought on deck, and discovered, to the delight of our seamen, gunners the usual precautions taken to be ready for a and “rams.” In the mean time, Col. Ellet's ramsurprise or a night-attack.
fleet, having been sent for, arrive, and lie steam A light is discovered on the Tennessee shore, ing above us, ready for action. opposite to where we lay at anchor. While gaz- At 6.05 A.M., “all hands to quarters" is Coming at it, the hissing or escapement of the steam modore Davis's order, throughout our fleet. In of a tug is heard. It can't be ours, as our little the mean time, the rebel Acet, comprising the Gen. fleet of tugs is quietly bobbing about at the stern Van Dorn, (flag-ship,) Gen. Price, Gen. Bragg, of the Benton. "It is a rebel tug," says the Jeff Thompson, Gen. Lovell, Gen. Beauregard, Quartermaster; "she is within a quarter of a Sumter, and Little Rebel, all rams, commanded mile of where we lay. We'll give her a shot.” | by Commodore J. Ed. Montgomery, move up the “No, that won't do, as the Commodore don't de- river, the Little Rebel leading the van. Our sire to wake up the enemy before morning,” says fleet, in the mean time, advances to meet them, the officer of the deck. She works and whizzes the Louisville and Cairo dropping below the Benaway at a tremendous rate, but can't get off the ton, the Cairo "head on." The Benton is now bar. In the mean time, the usual taps of the signalled for, and takes the lead. The Little bells announce the hour of 9 P.M. Thirty min- Rebel, on arriving opposite the upper end of the utes later, a gun, supposed to be a signal, is city, fires the first shot, the ball passing over our heard in the direction of Memphis. All is quiet fleet and dropping into the river harmlessly in until 12 P.x., when the officer of the deck re- close proximity to our tugs, in the rear. The ports a fire where the rebel tug lies, hard and Benton instantly replies, when a general engagefast upon the bar. It spreads rapidly, illuminat- ment ensues. Your correspondent, taking his ing the heavens most brilliantly, and revealing position on the upper deck and in front of the to our view the destruction of the rebel tug, Benton's pilot-house, endeavors to see how the Gordon Grant. Her crew, finding they could battle progresses. “Now comes the tug of war." not get her off the bar, and discovering our fleet Up comes the rebel rams. Down goes our ironanchored near, apply the torch and escape to clads, the Benton in advance. Thousands of Memphis, and announce our arrival Being people cover the Memphis bluffs. Another shot weary and jaded, noting the many interesting from the Benton, when the Louisville, Cairo, Carevents of the day, notwithstanding the beauty of ondelet, Mound City, and St. Louis all open out. the brilliant conflagration, we go to bed, antici- The scene is exciting, thrilling. The ram Queen pating still more lively and vivid scenes on the of the West, under Col. Ellet, with a full head of approaching morrow.
steam and at her best speed, closely followed by At five A..., to-day, we arise and visit the deck the Monarch, Capt. D. M. Dryden, pass our fleet of the Benton, and find we are at anchor one and and go tearing down after the rebel fleet. In the a half miles above the city of Memphis. It is mean time, an incessant fire is kept up on both mild and clear, with a bright sun, and every in- sides. The rebel balls go chirping, whizzing, and dication of fair weather. Memphis lays spread zip, zip, zip! very close, but over and clear of out before us on the bluffs in all her beauty our decks and heads. See! the rams Queen of her large and elegant buildings, and graceful the West and Monarch. On they go, each havdomes and steeples presenting an inviting and ing selected her victim. Montgomery's fleet is imposing appearance. The steamers H. Ř. W. firing and dropping back. Go in, Queen of the Hill, New National, Victoria, Kentucky and Aca- West. She is headed for the Beauregard. The cia are laying at the wharf. Our fleet of iron- latter is straightening up to meet her. They come clads, ordnance and supply steamers and trans- together, the Queen of the West ramming Beauports, being in full view of the city, the bluffs at regard a glancing lick near the stern. The Monthis early hour appear to be thronged with citi- arch is after another rebel ram, and striking her zons. Two fine large wharf-boats are also to be a flanking blow, glances off, and for a moment is