e Eads iron-clads, all escaping by their superior speed.
On the 21st of July, Flag Officers Farragut, Davis and W. D. Porter held a council of war on board the Benton, at which Commander Porter volunteered the service of the Essex to make an effort to destroy the Arkansas; and the following programme was agreed on:
That Arkansasin the early morning fight on the Yazoo River.
W. D. Porter, commanding the Esssex, reports: On the morning of the 22d, I got under way and passed the Benton, * * I arrived at the ram, delivered my fire and struck her; the blow glanced and I went high on the river bank with the bows of the ship, where I lay ten minutesrsons in her small crew were struck, no one was killed and no one even seriously wounded. * * * I charge Commodore Porter, in his statement of the conduct of the Benton, and other vessels of the squadron on that day, with a misstatement of facts, so well-known, so directly observed and actively participated in by hundreds of peop