to a cotton-bale — in ten minutes this formidable work was in a blaze, and in less than an hour the whole fabric was consumed.
This was the last work built by the Confederates on the Mississippi River.
All the appliances of a fort and a quantity of stores were in the houses at Warrenton.
which the Confederates set fire to and destroyed.
And what houses were left in the town were destroyed by the Mound City's men. Warrenton had been a troublesome place and merited its fate.
On the 15th of May, the admiral joined the fleet in the Yazoo, and on the 16th firing was heard in the rear of Vicksburg — a sign that General Grant's Army was not far off, and that he was driving Pemberton into the
Lieut.-commanding (now captain) Byron Wilson, U. S. N. city.
The flag-ship pushed up the river as near as she could get to the combatants, and it was soon discovered by the aid of glasses that General Sherman's division was coming in on the left of Snyder's Bluff, cutting off the enemy at tha
r Goldsborough reports to the Department an engagement which took place on the James River between some gun-boats under Commander John Rodgers and a heavy battery on Drury's Bluff (a high point commanding a long reach of the river).
The vessels which attacked this stronghold were the iron-clad (so-called) Galena, Commander John Rodgers, the Monitor, Lieutenant W. N. Jeffers, and the unarmored steamers Aroostook, Port Royal and Naugatuck.
These vessels moved up the James River on the 15th of May and encountered no artificial impediments until they reached Drury's Bluff, eight miles below Richmond, where the Confederates had erected batteries and placed two separate obstructions in the river.
These barriers were made by driving piles, and sinking vessels loaded with stone.
It was said that the enemy's gun-boats, Jamestown and Yorktown, were among the vessels sunk.
It cannot be doubted that these obstacles were too formidable for the gun-boats to pass, unless they could succee