was kept on them, the Fort, and the batteries, and many citizens kept their weary watch under a hot sun all day long.
At four o'clock in the afternoon, the Alice Price was seen moving slowly down, under a flag of truce, toward the point of Shackleford Banks, and all eyes were turned to observe her movements.
A sail-boat was launched from the Fort beach, and two officers and a crew of rebel soldiers got in and quietly waited the approach of our steamer.
Presently a ten-oared cutter, flying a es towed down by the Alice Price, were four thirty-pound Parrotts and a twelve-pound Wiard steel gun, protected by bales of wet hay and cotton, which formed temporary embrasures.
It was intended to place two of these Parrotts in battery on Shackleford Banks last night, in case the siege had been protracted, and Capt. Biggs had made all necessary arrangements to that effect.
Outside the Banks, lying off and on in readiness to take part in the attack, were the gunboats Daylight, Commodore S. Lo