lunteer-Lieutenant T. E. Smith, commanding Linden; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant E. C. Brennan, commanding Prairie Bird; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant J. Goudy, commanding Queen City.
There are others who deserve commendation, but these seem to be the most prominent.
The action of the 4th of July, at Helena, wherein the Taylor participated so largely, has already been reported to the Department.
There is no doubt left in the minds of any, but that the Taylor saved Helena, for, though General Prentiss fought with a skill and daring not excelled in this war, his little force of thirty-five hundred men were fast being overpowered by the enemy with eighteen thousand men, when the Taylor took a position and changed the fortunes of the day.
I must not omit to mention Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenants Hamilton and Richardson of the powder vessels Great Western and Judge Torrence.
They were unremitting in their attention to their duties during the siege, supplying without de lay every requis
ieutenant-Commander Prichett, Bragg, Lieutenant-Commander Bishop, and the Hastings, were sent to Helena, where Major-General B. M. Prentiss was in command of the U. S. forces.
That officer was rather astonished when the gun-boats arrived and he wad his orders over again, and seeing how positively they were worded, hastened back to Helena.
where he learned that General Prentiss was expecting an attack from Price with twelve to fourteen thousand troops, to oppose which the Union commander had about three thousand five hundred men. Prentiss made the best disposition possible of his small force, determined to hold the works as long as he could.
This was on the 4th of July, the very day of the surrender of Vicksburg.
Prichett had hardly ir victory over an enemy which so greatly outnumbered them entirely to the batteries of the sturdy wooden gun-boat.
General Prentiss, like a brave soldier as he was, grows eloquent in his praise of Lieutenant-Commander Prichett and his officers and