eside their crews, fifty soldiers of Co. A., 42d Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, making in all one hundred men, exclusive of officers, all under command of Col. George W. Roberts of the above named regiment.
The boats surprised the sentinels, who fired their muskets and fled.
The garrison and the crew of the Confederate gun-boat Grampus were at once aroused, but Col. Roberts lost no time in landing his men and spiking the battery; after which the party re-embarked and returned to the squadron.
On this battery of eleven heavy guns the enemy had depended to sink any of our vessels that might attempt to run by their works.
There was also a floating batledgements which are justly due the officers and crew of the several boats, who, in conjunction with a detachment of the Forty-second Illinois regiment, under Colonel Roberts, captured the first rebel battery and spiked the guns on Island No.10, on the night of the 1st inst.; such services are duly appreciated by the Department, wh