he lustre of that 4th of July made so glorious by the capture of Vicksburg and the victory of Gettysburg.
On the 9th of August the Mound City, Lieutenant-Commander Byron Wilson, while at Lake Providence, gave the enemy a severe lesson.
Captain John McNeil, C. S. A., notorious raider, made a descent on Lake Providence with some seventy men, for the purpose of carrying off some mules, horses and wagons, a number of the latter having congregated there during the occupation pation of the place by a part of the Federal army.
As McNeil's men entered the town the Mound City opened on them with her portbattery and the enemy fled to the woods, leaving seven dead on the field and carrying off many wounded.
The enemy never expected to see an ironclad at Lake Providence and never troubled the place again.
It was exceedingly difficult to suppress this system of guerilla warfare, but it was finally put an end to by the Navy when the surrender of Vicksburg relieved a large number of gun-b