They were during the whole day under fire.
General Butler made his appearance in the river with 7,000 men, which he offered to the flag-officer.
April 19.--Early in the morning, I had a conference with the commander, who desired me again to send two officers to the flotilla for the purpose of moving some of the mortars to ot.
In the evening, Captain Porter sent me word again to dispatch early next morning two officers for giving data.
You see they kept us pretty busy.
April 20.--Early in the morning, Messrs. Oltmanns and Halter made the rounds of the mortar vessels at the request of the commander of the flotilla, and changed the position of a fe the brick-work is knocked down; the arches stove; guns are dismounted; gun carriages broken, and the whole presents a dreadful scene of destruction.
April 30.--Early in the morning I received a communication from the commander requesting me to await here his return from New Orleans, where he goes to-day in the Harriet Lane.