stirring scenes, and they are appended to the general account of the battle.
In the course of a few years these letters will become inaccessible, except from the files of the Navy Department, and they should be treasured as the ground-work of the history of the most important naval battle of modern times,--we do not think any excuse is needed for inserting them here.
Commencement and progress of the bombardment of Fort Jackson.United States Flag-Ship Hartford, Mississippi River, April 2, 1862.
Sir — We commenced the bombardment of Fort Jackson on the 16th, which was the earliest day possible after the arrival of coal.
On the first day the citadel was set on fire, and burnt until two o'clock the next morning.
On the 17th we made but little apparent impression on the fort.
On the 18th we dismounted one of their heavy Columbiads and otherwise appeared to damage them, and drove the men from the parapet guns, so that they only appeared occasionally when the gun-boats took