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The Daily Dispatch: April 21, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Small arms against gunboats. --The official report of Captain D. B. Bird, commanding the post near Smyrna, Fla., concerning the gallant and successful engagement with gunboats, has been published, and is of amazing significance. It shows that even without artillery, and against odds, cool, brave, and determined men can make a stand against gunboats. We give the main portion of the report, as a lesson to other commanders and soldiers. About 5 P. M. on the 22d of March, the boats were seen coming, and Captain Strain, and Lieut. Chambers, of Captain Owens's cavalry company, judiciously scattered their men, about sixty in number, for half a mile along the banks of the river, with instructions to reserve their fire until all the boats should come within range. The foremost boat attempted to land, but a well-directed fire immediately killed or wounded all on board; the boat drifted off, but a few volunteers soon succeeded in bringing her ashore. Three of the men sunk to rise n