some half-dozen of our crew.
I then dropped down to this anchorage, but the sound of distant firing being heard we again attacked the fort, throwing in some forty-five shell, and receiving little damage.
I returned to this place to await further orders, when I received a second dispatch from General Grant, stating that you were expected on the following morning.
I am, sir, most respectfully,
Your ob't servant, H. Walke. Commander U. S. Navy. Flag-officer A. H. Foote, Commanding U. S. N. Forces in Western Waters.
In this engagement the Carondelet commenced firing on the fort at a distance of a mile and a quarter, the enemy replying immediately as the vessel advanced, the attack lasting from ten o'clock in the morning
Battle of Fort Donelson. to meridian, and being renewed in the afternoon.
Three of the enemy's guns were reported to be disabled.
Our naval history is silent on some important facts in its version of this event, viz,: that four gun-boats were to have par