f the place, and, under the cover of grape and canister, landed two armed boats from each vessel, containing, besides their crews, a portion of company C, Capt. Thaddeus Phillips, and company K, First Lieut. John C. Rider, of the Thirty-second regiment, Illinois volunteers, (sharpshooters,) Second Master Jason Goudy, commanding thengly this point.
Too much praise cannot be given to Lieut. Commanding Shirk for the efficient manner in which his vessel was handled.
My thanks are due to Capt. Phillips, Lieut. Rider, and their men, for the gallant manner in which, in the face of the enemy, they charged up the hill, drove back and held in check the rebels, unman, gunshot wound of arm (flesh) and chest, not penetrating.
In detachment of Thirty-second regiment of Illinois Volunteers (company C) carried on board.--Capt. Phillips, gunshot wound of leg, flesh; Daniel Messick, orderly sergeant, killed.
Lieutenant Shirk's report.
U. S. Gunboat Lexington, Savannah, (Tenn.,) March 1