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She was a small vessel, but one that did good service under the gallant officers who commanded her.
The following is Captain Anderson's letter:
Headquarters' Post, Waterproof, La., February 19, 1864.
Sir — Permit me to return you many thanks for the gallant manner in which you defended my little force against the rebel force of Colonel Mores, Colonel McNeal, and Major Johnson, in their several attacks of Saturday, February 14th, Sunday, the 15th, and Monday, the 16th of February, 1864.
I hope you will not consider it flattering when I say I never before saw more accurate artillery firing than you did in these engagements, in variably putting your shells in the right place ordered.
My officers and men now feel perfectly secure against a large force, so long as we have the assistance of Captain Johnston and his most excellent drilled crew on board the No. 9.
I am, Captain, your humble servant, J. M. Anderson, Captain Commanding Post. H. C. Lunt, Lieutenant