mbat] two deserters from Grandpre‘s sharp-shooters at the Yazoo, who had stolen a skiff, came alongside the admiral's ship, the Hartford, and reported that the Arkansas had cut the raft and would be down at daylight to attack the fleet.
Upon this a council of war was immediately [that night] called on board the Hartford, etc., etc. The same letter, bearing every internal evidence of truth and sincerity, went on to say, At daylight [following the night council] the little tug which [Admiral] Davis had sent up the Yazoo as a lookout came down like a streak of lightning, screaming, The Arkansas is coming!
The Arkansas is coming!
and then follows the account of excitement and preparation.
Now all this may have been only in the imagination of the correspondent, but there was a detachment of our sharp-shooters under Captain Grandpre at the raft, and we did cut and pass through it as stated.
[See also p. 556.]--I. N. B.
On Monday A. M., July 14th, 1862, we started from Satartia.