ion against St. Charles, on the White River.
On June 16th, 1862, Rear-Admiral Davis sent an expedition up the White River to destroy some batteries located at St. Charles.
The expedition was under the charge of Com. Kilty.
and was composed of the gun-boats Mound City, St. Louis, Lexington, and Conestoga, and several transports with troops under Col. Fitch, U. S. A.
The Confederates had mounted batteries at this point and had obstructed the river with piles and sunken vessels.
On June 17th, Com. Kilty reconnoitered the place in a tug, and having gained the desired information, at six o'clock next morning the gun-boats got under way in the following order: Mound City, St. Louis, Lexington, Conestoga, and opened fire on the enemy's works.
The Mound City had advanced to within 600 yards of the forts, when a well-directed shell penetrated her port casemate, killing three men and exploding in the steam-chest.
The ship was instantly filled with scalding steam, and many of the