The gunboats and vessels of lightest draught crossed the bar, and preparations were made for the attack.
Capt. Crocker, of the Clifton, was to feel the enemy, uncover the batteries, and ascertain his strength and position.
Gens. Franklin and Weitzel examined the shore of the Pass to find the most eligible point for landing the forces.
The Clifton steamed up the Pass, occasionally throwing a shell from her rifle guns at the only work visible — an earthwork of six large guns.
No reply was m of the enemy.
When the Clifton returned the order of battle was immediately arranged.
The gunboats Clifton, Arizona, and Sachem, were to engage the enemy's works, while the Granite City was to cover the landing of a force of 500 men of-Gen. Weitzel's division, selected from the Port Hudson heroes, and composed of two companies of the 165th New York, four companies of the 161st New York, and a detachment of the 75th New York regiment, under command of Capt. Fitch, of the latter regiment.