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, Lt. Stevens, of the ram, set her on fire and abandoned her, escaping with his crew to the shore.
The Essex continued to shell her for an hour; when her magazine was fired and she blew up.
Commander Porter, having remained at Baton Rouge until it was evacuated by our troops — who were concentrated to repel a threatened attack on New Orleans — returned up the river
August 23. to reconnoiter Rebel batteries that were said to be in progress at Port Hudson.
Ascending thence to coal at Bayou Sara, his boat's crew was there fired upon by guerrillas, whereupon some buildings were burned in retaliation; and, the firing being repeated a few days after-ward, the remaining structures were in like manner destroyed.
A boat's crew from the Essex was sent ashore, some days later, at Natchez, to procure ice for our sick sailors, and was unexpectedly attacked by some 200 armed civilians, who killed or wounded 7 of her crew.
Porter thereupon opened fire on the town, bombarding it for an hour,