Sidell hove in sight, and to all appearance made preparations to drive the enemy away.
But from some cause or other Van Dorn made no fight, and surrendered the boat without firing a single shot.
They then took possession of her, threw over her guns and arms, fired the three boats, and in a short time nothing remained but the charred hulls.
On reaching Clarksville, I reported by telegraph to Major Sidell, who ordered me to proceed on as rapidly as possible to Louisville, and report to Generals Boyle or Wright.
This I did, and the inclosed papers will explain the final result of the unfortunate affair.
Thus hoping that in all this you will not condemn me, I remain your obedient servant, M. P. Gaddis, Chaplain Second Regiment O. V. I.
Mr. Spray, a hospital clerk at Nashville, gives the following account of this affair:
on board steamer Hastings, January 15, 1863.
I snatch a few moments from the dreadful scenes that have surrounded us for the past three days, to say tha