the 1st of August, the blockading vessels, James Adger, Mount Vernon and Iroquois, approached, and the Mount Vernon, discovering the condition of the Confederate steamer, reported it to Captain Case, of the Iroquois.
This officer immediately organized an expedition to cut the vessel out from under the guns of Fort Fisher (which had not at that time assumed such formidable proportions as it did later on).
The Confederates were at this time towing the Kate in towards New Inlet, and Commander Patterson, in the James Adger, was ordered to assist the Mount Vernon in cutting her out, and prevent her reaching the protection of the batteries.
At seven o'clock, the Mount Vernon opened fire upon the steamer, when her commander (Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant James Trathen) received orders from Captain Case to drag the Kate out.
Two boats were called away from the Mount Vernon and sent to board the Kate, while the vessel herself went alongside, and sent another party on board at the same t