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r F. S. Conover, was sent up Stone River to make a reconnaissance.
No enemy was seen; but when the vessel was on her way back three concealed batteries opened a concentrated fire on her from — heavy rifle-guns.
The gun-boat McDonough, Lieutenant-Commander Bacon, was at anchor down the river, and on hearing the firing got underway, and went to the assistance of the Isaac Smith; but owing to the number, position and weight of the enemy's guns could render no aid without the certainty of losing hg-Ensign, J. M. Forsyth; Acting-Masters' Mates, J. J. Bigley and E. D. Parsons; Engineers: Acting-First-Assistant Samuel Genther; Acting-Third-Assistants, J. P. Cooper, John Hawkins and John Overn.
Steamer Commodore McDonough.
Lieutenant-Commander, George Bacon; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, J. W. Gibson; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, J. F. Quintard; Acting-Ensigns, Wm. Knapp and J. A. Buxton; Acting-Master's Mates, J. K. Winn, J. W. Goodwin and D. B. Hallett; Engineers: Acting-Third-Assistants,