imac, rebel steamer, still keeps her masts above water, and the Stars and Stripes are yet flying at her masthead.
A Naval expedition, composed of the gunboats Benton, Louisville, Cincinnati, Carondelet and Conestoga, under Flag-Officer Foote, left Cairo, Ill., at seven o'clock this morning.
At Columbus they were joined by the Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Mound City, and were overtaken by eight mortar-boats, in tow of four steamers, with transports and ordnance-boats.
They arrived at Hickman, Ky., at half-past 4 o'clock this afternoon.
The mounted pickets of the enemy were in sight on the bluff, when two companies of the Twenty-seventh Illinois regiment were sent after them, but they escaped.--N. Y. Herald, March 16.
Early yesterday morning the Island Belle entered Aquia Creek, Va., near the pier and commenced shelling the battery on the hill, the battery on the water — line having been abandoned.
The fire was returned from the hill-battery.
No harm was done to the Islan