among the enemy, causing him to withdraw immediately, leaving one disabled 30-pounder Parrott gun on the field.’
At 10.08 the Hunchback
, which had previously grounded, was again afloat.
An hour later, the revenue cutter Agassiz
, the Shawsheen
towed by a tug, and the Ceres
were in position, but the enemy had withdrawn beyond the reach of the guns.
Two light-draught gunboats followed the enemy ten miles up the river, picking up stragglers who wished to desert.
, Eighty-fifth New York, wrote to the senior naval officer present as follows : ‘When, on the 14th of March, General Pettigrew
, with eighteen pieces of artillery and more than 3,000 men, made his furious assault upon Fort Anderson
, an unfinished earthwork, garrisoned by 300 men of my command, the capture or destruction of the brave little band seemed inevitable.
But the gunboats under your command—the pride of loyal men and the terror of traitors —came promptly to the rescue.
Your well-directed fire drove the enemy from the field, covered the landing of the Eighty-fifth New York, sent to the relief of the garrison, and the repulse of the rebel army was complete.’
The Confederate forces invested Washington, N. C.
, on the 30th of March, and maintained the siege eighteen days, reoccupying their old works seven miles below.
On March 31st they opened fire from Rodman's Point, a mile and three-quarters below, on the Commodore Hull
, which had been stationed there to prevent the occupation of the point.
After a spirited action of an hour and a half, the vessel grounded in an endeavor to change position, and remained so until 8 P. M., exposed to a continuous and accurate fire, cutting up but not vitally injuring her.
On the morning of the 15th Major-General Foster
's Point battery in the Escort
, returning from Washington