A brave man's adventures.--The New-Orleans Delta
says of Charles McGill
of the steamer Empire Parish, who was killed by the Louisiana
rebels in the attack upon that steamer:
The history of this brave man, during the past few months, has been one of strange adventures and escapes.
He was on one of the rebel gunboats in the battle above the forts, on the twenty-fourth of April last, where he was disabled by a ball that had been loosened by a shot.
He was lying down in an insensible state, when some one struck his foot against his head.
This revived him, and he discovered that the vessel had been abandoned and was on fire.
Making a great effort, he threw himself into the river, and swam ashore, where he took refuge in the swamp.
Danger followed him even here, for, as one of the vessels blew up, a piece of iron, weighing some two or three hundred pounds, struck within two or three feet of him, having been hurled that distance by the force of the explosion.
He was soon found and cared for, brought to this city, and sent to report to the rebel naval officer at Jackson, Mississippi
From there he was ordered to Memphis
, and was in the gunboat fight before that city, where his boat was again blown up. From Memphis
he came to this city, and has been engaged on the steamers running to and from the coast.
He was on the Empire Parish when she was before attacked by guerrillas, some three or four months ago. He afterwards engaged on the ill-fated steamer Star, but left her on the trip just before she was captured and burnt by the guerrillas.
He was well liked by his associates on the river, and was a man who would not shrink from personal danger when his duty required him to brave it.