t by the audacious Morgan —— by three or four so-called tin-clads, armed with boat-howitzers.
Hearing that Morgan was moving in force up the left bank of the Ohio River, pursued by the Union forces under General Judah, Lieutenant-Commander Fitch determined, if possible, to cut him off. The water in the river was very low and thof the loss to the citizens of their property, would have been an indelible disgrace to the Federal cause.
Morgan pushed his way leisurely along the bank of the Ohio, calculating that he could cross from one side to the other as circumstances might require in order to elude any pursuing force, although he knew of none in the viders within narrower limits than ever.
After the capture of Vicksburg the gun-boats were stationed all along the Mississippi from Cairo to Red River, and on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.
The gun-boats were in divisions extending between specified points, each under command of an officer in the regular Navy.