d were taken to an army hospital.
As soon as we arrived at Vicksburg the detachment of soldiers left us to rejoin their command, which reduced our force to a very low ebb. As well as we could, we put the ship to rights, and the day wore away.
As soon as dark began to set in it was evident that the enemy meant mischief.
Everything was under way, and soon the guns from the upper battery opened quick and sharp, to be replied to by the broadsides of the heavy ships coming down—the Richmond (Alden) leading.
Our plucky men were again at their quarters, and steam was ready, should we be compelled to cast off and take our chances in the stream against both fleets.
About that time things looked prettty blue.
It is true that we were under the batteries of Vicksburg, but practically we had as well have been a hundred miles from there.
The guns were perched on the high hills; they were not provided with sights, and if ever they hit anything it was an accident or the work of one of Brook