eavy guns he could bring to bear on us, most of his shot going over us amongst the shipping and gun-boats, which were on guard and employed drawing the fire away from us. About nine o'clock on the second morning the schooner Maria J. Carleton, Charles Jack, master, was sunk by a rifle-shell passing down through her deck, magazine, and bottom.
I happened to be alongside at the time and had nearly all her stores saved, also the arms.
As she went down, the mortar was fired at the enemy for the lae bank when we found that she was sinking, and were thus enabled to save many of her stores; but she finally slipped off the bank into deeper water, and nothing was left visible but her upper rail.
Two men were wounded in the Carleton. Acting-Master Charles Jack came out in this vessel from New York; he lost his mainmast in a gale off Cape Hatteras.
but persevered until he arrived at Key West.
and sailed with the flotilla to Ship Island He went through another gale, but got into port safe.