mortarboats, tow-boats, ordnance and commissary vessels, anchored for the night at Island 44.
At daylight the enemy's fleet of rams and gun-boats, now numbering eight vessels, was discovered lying at the levee at Memphis.
They dropped below Railroad Point, and returning again arranged themselves below the city.
At 4.20 the Union flotilla got under way in the following order: Flagship Benton, Lieut.-Com. Phelps; Louisville, Com. B. M. Dove; Carondelet.
Corn. H. Walke; Cairo, Lieut.-Com. N. E. Bryant; St. Louis, Lieut.-Corn. Nelson McGunnegle.
They dropped down the river according to signal, and prepared for battle.
The Confederate gun-boats opened fire upon our fleet as it moved down.
with the seeming intention of having the city injured by the return fire; but due care was taken in regard
Action of the gun-boats at Memphis, June 6 1862. to this matter, and shot and shell were sent among the Confederates with good effect.
At this moment the ram fleet was several mil