ry which had been abandoned by the enemy, but found it gone.
There was nothing now left but for Cushing to save his crew from the overwhelming force which he knew would soon be brought to bear upon the gun-boat.
So, all: hands were called to muster and told that they could go on board the schooners and get off down the river and over the bar. He called for six volunteers to stay with him and defend the steamer until the last.
The volunteers came forward at once; also two Master's Mates, Valentine and Barton.
The schooners were ordered to drop down the channel out of range of any guns the enemy might mount on the bluff, and there to wait the termination of the action, and if the Ellis was destroyed to proceed to sea.
Early in the morning the enemy opened fire upon the steamer with three heavy guns and one Whitworth.
It was a cross-fire and very destructive.
Cushing replied as well as he could, but in a short time the engine was disabled and the vessel so much cut up that the
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