latter part of June, 1863, Lieutenant-Commander Phelps crossed fifteen hundred cavalry under Colonel Conger, of the 10th Missouri Volunteers, over the river.
Colonel Conger made a forced march on FloColonel Conger made a forced march on Florence, Alabama, and captured the place after a sharp engagement.
The expedition destroyed an immense amount of property of various kinds, valued at two millions of dollars, among which were three larthe Covington, intending to operate in that neighborhood and keep open communication between Colonel Conger and the gun-boats.
The Forest Rose and Robb covered the landing opposite Hamburg.
The answer of the two Union commanders to this summons was, Come and take it.
That night Colonel Conger arrived, and the Confederates raised the siege and departed.
The same night the gun-boats crossed Colonel Conger's force safely over the river, during which brisk skirmishing was going on, and a number of Union families were taken away by the gun-boats to escape the vengeance of the Confede
ting-Second-Assistants, Enoch George and Charles Buckelew; Acting-Third-Assistants, James O. Herron and W. W. Chadwick; Acting-Boatswain, J. B. Aiken; Acting-Gunner, T. S. Cassidy.
Commander, Henry Roland; Lieutenant, J. P. Robertson; Acting-Masters, L. E. Degn and Wm. T. Buck; Acting-Ensigns, C. M. Bird, J. C. Murphy, F. E. Ford and J. S. Ridgeway; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, A. E. Emery; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, J. Wv. Fairfield; Acting-Master's Mates, D. G. Conger and W. H. Howard; Engineers: Acting-First-Assistant, P. L. Fry; Acting-Second-Assistant, A. B. Kinney; Acting-Third-Assistants, Wm. Brown, Joseph Smith, J. B. Wilbur and C. A. Blake; Acting-Gunner, D. L. Briggs.
Commander, Edward T. Nichols; Acting-Masters, Lathrop Wight, Maurice Digard and Thomas Smith, Acting-Ensigns, W. B. Barnes, R. B. Pray, Isaac Thayer and R. E. Peck; Acting-Master's Mates, E. S. McDonald and P. A. Cleary; Engineers: First-Assistant, A. V.