essels ; the flag-ship Benton, Lieut. Commanding S. L. Phelps; the Louisville, Commander B. M. Dove; the Caron Ellett, Jr., Colonel Commanding Ram-Fleet.
Captain Phelps's letter.
United States flag steamer Bentoonor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant. S. L. Phelps, Lieutenant Commanding Benton, and Acting ”Fleetut. Bishop says: There's the Stars and Stripes.
Capt. Phelps--There's a wharf-boat they have left.
See --loon flames proves our information correct.
Here Lieut. Phelps elevates his martin-box aft Our officers and menounds down.
The Commodore observes: Fire again, Capt. Phelps, bring her to.
Accordingly the Benton lets slip
How is the water?
Can we anchor here?
says Capt. Phelps to pilot Dan Duffy. Yes, sir, he replied, there'plenty of water.
Then round the Benton to, says Capt. Phelps, when pilot Duffy gives her the wheel, bringing gunboat Benton, (flag-ship of Commodore Davis,) Captain Phelps commanding; she mounts fourteen guns; gunboat S