gives the Sovereign five shots.
Here the smoke of burning cotton is plainly visible on the left-hand shore.
We are also hailed from the right-hand shore by two men in a dugout, who are brought in by the tug Terror, and prove to be our pilots Sam. Williamson, of the Louisville, and John Tennyson, of the Pittsburgh, who have been on an important reconnoissance.
The Benton now descends the Tennessee side of Island No.37.
The Louisville and Cairo take the other chute.
4.40 P. M.--We overtak a first-rate naval hospital or supply-steamer.
We are also hailed by men, women and children on Island No.37, their camp indicating they are refugees.
We did not stop, however, our mission being of too much importance to relieve them.
Messrs. Williamson and Tennyson, while descending the river in a canoe, met several of the rebel gunboats, but evaded them by dodging into the willows and cotton-wood.
They were badly used by the mosquitoes during the night previous, having slept in the wood