y and Navy, and garrisoned at once by the Indiana Brigade under Colonel Fitch.
A great deal of property fell into the hands of the Federal troops, who kept possession of the place until the end of the war, and soon converted it into a loyal city.
The Confederates had now to seek a new strategic line of defence : they established their fifth Gibraltar at Vicksburg, where the gunboats will catch up with them after a while.
Expedition 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 hav