29. Naval engagement at Hickman, Kentucky.
A correspondent of the St. Louis Democrat gives the following account of this affair:
Cairo, Sept. 5, 1861.
We had quite an exciting time here yesterday.
Late in the afternoon the fleet of gunboats arrived here bringing important news from Hickman, Kentucky, and other points.
Yesterday morning the Tyler and Lexington, before stationed at Columbus, Kentucky, went down to Hickman, Kentucky, on a reconnoitring expedition, but hardly expecting to meet an enemy.
On approaching within a short distance of the town, before turning the bend which brings it into full view, they discovered a small stern-wheel steamer, painted black, evidently a gunboat, which took to her heels.
On turning the bend they discovered, by the aid of glasses, a huge side-wheel gunboat — the Yankee--of immense power, formerly used as a tugboat in New Orleans in towing up ships from the Balize.
She was plated strongly with railroad iron of the T pat