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sition without drawing the fire 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.
The Clifton opened the engagement with a shell from one of her large pivot guns, which burst inside the enemy's works, raising a cloud of dust and dirt; instantly another shot followed; then the Sachem opened a broadside from her guns; next the Arizona followed.
The firing, was excellent; from thirty to forty shells had exploded in the fort of the enemy.
Not a shot had been fired in return — not a soldier nor a civilian could be seen — the only evidence tha