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es and were destroying their pontoons and stores quite dampened the ardor of the three chiefs.
Although no blood was spilled, this incursion of the little flotilla was equal to a victory over General Price, whom it would have required an army of twenty thousand men to drive back.
By these movements of the gun-boats the Confederate transportation on the rivers was broken up — they had not a steamer left in this vicinity except one on the White River.
A little later, Volunteer-Lieutenant J. P. Couthouy, commanding the Osage, who had been sent to cruise in Red River, receiving information of a Confederate steamer tied to the bank in his neighborhood, fitted out an expedition of twenty men under command of Chief Engineer Thomas Doughty.
The party, after incredible labor, forcing their way through the thick undergrowth and vines, surprised the steamer lying at the bank and captured her. A few moments later Mr. Doughty caught sight of another steamer, which he also captured in a sim