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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
as fancied they could carry on their raids with impunity. So when Selfridge appeared with his little flotilla on the 12th of July, they were taken by surprise. As soon as the gun-boats hove in sight the enemy's transports, of which there were here quite a number, made their escape among the intricate water-ways with which that region abounds, and where for want of pilots they could not be immediately followed. Selfridge now divided his forces, sending the Manitou and Rattler up the Little Red River, a small tributary of the Black, and the Forest Rose and Petrel up the Tensas. The night was dark and rainy and the vessels had to grope their way carefully along, keeping a good lookout ahead. Suddenly the Manitou and Rattler came upon a very large steamer, the finest of those now remaining afloat, which had been the pride of the Mississippi River before the war. This was the Louisville, afterwards converted into a war-vessel carrying fifty guns. Selfridge's other two vessels abou