e enemy struck his colors, and such cheering, such wild excitement as seized the throats, arms or caps of the four or five hundred sailors of the gunboats, can be imagined.
After the surrender, which was made to Flag-Officer Foote by General Llyod Tilghman, who defended his fort in a most determined manner, we found that the rebel infantry, encamped outside the fort, numbering four or five thousand, had cut and run, leaving the rebel artillery company in command of the fort.
The Fort. of our prisoners.
They lost five killed and ten badly wounded.
The infantry left everything in the fight.
A vast deal of plunder has fallen into our hands, including a large and valuable quantity of ordnance stores.
Gen. Tilghman is disheartened.
He thinks it one of the most damaging blows of the war. In surrendering to Flag-Officer Foote, the rebel General remarked, "I am glad to surrender to so gallant an officer." Flag-Officer Foote replied, "You do pefectly right