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The Daily Dispatch: April 18, 1863., [Electronic resource], Progress of the Siege of Washington. (search)
ee gunboat Diana. --The capture of the Federal gunboat Diana, near Brashear City, La., which was hardly noticed at the time by the Confederates, seems to have in spired the Yankees with a wholesome dread of undertaking these gunboat raids. The New Orleans correspondent of the New York Herald thus describes what he terms a "very sad affair:" On the 28th the gunboat Diana Capt. Peterson, with company H, 12th Connecticut, Lieut. Buckley commanding, and company F, 150 h New York, Capt, Jewett, left Brashear at 10 A. M., to reconnoitre, proceeding up a short distance into Trend Lake. Finding no rebels there, they returned by way of the Atchafalaya, when about two miles this side of Pattersonville, to the surprise of our forces, a heavy fire was opened upon them from masked batteries and rile pits. Capt. Person, finding all retreat out off, determined to fight them as long as he could man the guns. While bravely doing his duty he was pierced by a Minnie ball, and expired on the