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my were known to have had a number of fine steamers engaged as army transports — but they all fled on hearing that a Federal gun-boat was approaching.
Ellet got out of coal and took advantage of this panic to run up to Warrenton just below Vicksburg, to obtain a fresh supply and report progress.
He was again sent off to burn, sink and destroy or capture, and did good execution.
He captured two steamers loaded with army stores for Port Hudson, and destroyed a wagon train returning from Shreveport: then the Queen of the West started up Red River but a treacherous pilot grounded her under the guns of a fort; the enemy opened upon her with four 32 pounders, every shot from which, struck her and killed or wounded many of the crew.
At length a shot cut the steam pipe and the scalding steam amidst the wounded and dying made a never-to-be-forgotten scene.
Every one who was able to do so jumped overboard to escape being scalded, and Ellet with what was left of his crew floated down the r