tatement which could not have been forced upon their conviction as truth.
Captain Percival Drayton, U. S. N.
On the 1st of February Admiral Dupont received notice of the capture of a gunboat.
It seems that the Isaac Smith, Acting-Lieutenant-Commander 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, Lieuten. 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, T. O. Reynolds, J. T. Booth and S. S. Hetrick.
Steamer Isaac Smith.
Acting-Lieutenant, F. S. Conover; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, G. H. Marvin; Acting-Assistant-Paymaster, F. C. Hills; Acting-Masters, J. W. Dicks and Robert Tarr; Acting-Ensigns, Whitman Chase, F. J. Brenton and H. S. Borden; Engineers: Acting-First-Assistant, Jacob Tu