did serious injury to them.
The vessels were much shattered by shot and falling trees, but by good luck and good management they worked their way out of the net in which they had injudiciously become entangled.
Yet these were the services in which both Army and Navy were called upon frequently to embark, where, in nine out of ten times, the loss and capture of the expedition might have been counted upon.
Fortunately, in this expedition, only two men were killed and six wounded.
Commander Murray says, in his report: This expedition was partially strategic and was very successful.
The attack on the batteries and the falling-back of the light boats, the shelling of the woods, and the feint to land a force on the north bank, had the desired effect. [!]
What the desired effect was, history does not say, and it seems to the writer that this was simply an expedition where men's lives were sacrificed without any apparent good.
The Army was frittering away its forces in these smal