el, heard that a party of guerillas under Colonel Bissell were lying in wait for gun-boats, proposing to give them one round from their battery and then make off. Hanford mounted two howitzers as field-pieces, manned them with sixteen of his best men, and started them in search of the marauders.
On the following morning, June 19th, on hearing the firing of guns the Robb and the Silver Cloud got underway and ran down to the point where the battery had been placed.
Here Hanford found that Bissell had attacked his battery with four hundred men, but as the Confederates advanced, four abreast, the Union guns opened on them, making large gaps in their ranks and firing so rapidly that they at length turned and fled, having lost about fifty in killed and wounded, while Hanford had but one killed and two wounded.
On this occasion the gun-boats fired with grape and canister at close quarters, and the enemy's column was enfiladed on both sides as it advanced.
The Confederates had dismoun