Ohio to a point where the water was too low to float the gun-boats, probably not dreaming that the vessels had been selected for just such an emergency and drew barely sixteen inches. With all he could do, Morgan could find no place to cross, for the gun-boats pressed close to him night and day, firing upon his men whenever they approached the river.
This odd march of the Confederates and the pursuit of the gun-boats continued up the river for five hundred miles. On the morning of the 19th of July, Fitch attacked Morgan's troops just above Buffington Island.
The enemy made a desperate resistance with artillery and musketry for over an hour, at the end of which time they broke and fled, leaving behind two pieces of artillery, wagons, horses, arms, etc. A portion of them rallied and moved rapidly up along the river bank; but Fitch followed them so closely that they soon scattered among the hills out of the reach of the shells.
The road along the bank was strewed with plunder left