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d with too much enthusiasm to bring the enemy to close quarters where grape-shot and canister would tell. It seems that Lieutenant Isaac N. Brown, of the Confederate Navy, had on a former occasion been prevented by the citizens from placing torpedoes in front of Yazoo City, and it was supposed that it would not be permitted on this occasion for fear of the consequences in the destruction of the property of the inhabitants, should the Union forces get possession of Yazoo City. Lieutenant-Commander Walkertherefore felt confident that he could proceed without encountering any of these destructive machines. The loss of the DeKalb was a serious one--four of the armored gun-boats lay at the bottom of the rivers — the Cincinnati before Vicksburg, and the Cairo and DeKalb in the Yazoo. while the Indianola was sunk below Vicksburg. But this is the fortune of war — to achieve anything risks must be run, and while a Confederate flag floated in the breeze the officers and men of the Mississi