glancing blow, making a hole four feet deep in her starboard forward quarter, evidenced by the splinters left on the iron bow of the Van Dorn.
At this juncture, the Van Dorn was above four of the Federal boats, as the remaining boats, General Jeff Thompson and Colonel Lovell, Capt. Hart, were entering boldly into the contest in the prescribed order.
I perceived from the flagboat that the Federal vessels were taking positions where the water was too shallow for our boats to get at them, andd with a coolness which deserves the highest commendation.
I am happy to inform you that while exposed at close quarters to a most terrible fire for thirty minutes, our boats, though struck repeatedly, sustained no serious injuries.
General Jeff Thompson was on board the General Bragg, his officers and men were divided among the boats.
They were all at their posts ready to do good service should the occasion offer.
To my officers and men I am highly indebted for their courage and prom