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nd in return about the same number of guns were brought to bear by the rebels upon the boats.
As soon as the four boats were sufficiently advanced, the Lexington, Tyler, and Conestoga reached the head of the island, elevated their guns and joined in the fight, taking deliberate aim and dropping their shells into the Fort and camp.nati fired one hundred and twelve shot; the St. Louis one hundred and sixteen; the Carondelet about one hundred; the Essex fifty-five; the Conestoga, Lexington and Tyler, a few each; making in all about four hundred shot.
The rebels replied spiritedly and with good aim, which is highly praised by Commodore Foote.
They fired ovee gunboats were engaged — the Cincinnati, (the flag-ship,) the Essex, the Carondelet, and the St. Louis.
These moving up towards the Fort abreast — the Conestoga, Tyler and Lexington remaining behind, but within easy hail.
The order of the approach was, the Essex on the right; next to her the Cincinnati, then the St. Louis, and t