The two Southern iron-clads, approaching this vessel, one on either side, throw a few shells into her, which set her on fire in the fore hold.
The Keystone State, whose machinery remains intact, withdraws rapidly, but her commander, Lieutenant Levy,
Commander W. E. Le Roy.—Ed. does not allow himself to be intimidated by the fate of the Mercedita, and will not give up the game: he partly extinguishes the fire, and, putting on a heavy pressure of steam, heads for the Chicora with a spdversary.
The latter riddles her with shot, to which, owing to the short distance that separates them, she is not, as was the case with the Mercedita, in a condition to reply: the ship is on fire, the water is pouring in from every direction, and Levy
Commander W. E. Le Roy.—Ed. lowers his flag; but Captain Tucker, who is in command of the Chicora, believing this to be a ruse of the enemy, refuses to recognize the signal and renews the fight, which has been interrupted for an instant.