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officer saw that nothing now remained but to withdraw the squadron from the fight. The difficulties in the way were almost insuperable. It wanted yet nearly two hours before darkness would set in; the passage of the bar could not be effected before dark on account of high water not occurring until midnight--the probabilities great against the vessels being able to find their way in the dark down so narrow and torinous a channel — and so long as the vessels remained within the bar. so long also must be in ranges of those hard hitting long guns, the effects of which they had had that day such bitter experience. From this we see how gunboats may be handled, when fought even in the gallant way those of Admiral Hope were, if they are forced by obstructions to stand and take the fire of shore batteries. Their force consisted of eleven gunboats, mounting thirty guns of heavy caliber, eighteen howitzers, and a combined rocket battery of twenty-two twelve and twenty-four pounders.