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started down the river, making the best speed of which they were capable. They defended their retreat with every gun they could bring to bear upon their pursuers, but their aim was wild and showed that the gunners were terribly alarmed. The McRae, Ivy, and Tuscarora led our fleet, and were the boats that kept up the fire on the retreating vessels, and drove them down stream. The other vessels of our fleet followed on down as well as they could. The enemy's vessels took the Southwest Pass for their avenue of escape, but some of them got aground on the bar there. The boats of our fleet then came up with them, about 9 o'clock A. M., and firing now commenced in earnest. It being daylight, they discovered the weakness of our fleet, and they managed their guns in a far abler manner. For over an hour the duel was kept up, but at the end of that time Commodore Hollins signalled our boats to withdraw from so unequal a contest, in which nothing more was to be gained. At