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[271] of iron and wood coming down for hours. I hated to see the six splendid guns go down, but no time was left to tarry over an effort to secure them.

I had scarcely changed the position of my battery, got volunteers for the new guns, and reformed my infantry, when the shrill whistling of three boats above warned me to be on the alert. Very soon the Tyler, the Grace [Fawn] and the Naumkeag, three formidable gunboats, came round the bend and opened furiously upon me. For two hours the conflict lasted. Without shelter, on an open levee, my gunners stood to their pieces, and the infantry lines charged up to the bank of the river and kept the portholes closed for a while. I now learned that their vast superiority of metal was telling heavily on my command, and with the two new guns dismounted, and the Tyler within 50 yards, vomiting bushels of grape and canister at every discharge, I withdrew in fine order from the unequal contest, the gunboats patrolling the river until night. They were severely handled in the contest. The Tyler received 13 shots through her; the Grace was towed off, and the Naumkeag was reported sunk while being towed to Devall's Bluff.

On the 26th, Shelby was attacked by Federal troops of all arms, landed from eleven transports convoyed by three more gunboats. He gave them a running fight June 27th, and quietly crossed Bayou De View, where he was safe from attack, and took rest. He reported: ‘The loss of the Federals in the two days fighting can safely be put down at 250 killed and wounded; 30 will cover my entire loss, but the most of these can never be replaced in this world. Among my wounded, I am sorry to mention the brave Colonel Shanks.’ General Carr, the Federal commander, reported his loss at 1 killed and 16 wounded.

About the same date of his order to Shelby, General Price directed General Marmaduke, with his division of cavalry and artillery, to scout the west bank of the Mississippi, from the mouth of the Arkansas down to Louisiana. General Marmaduke, at the head of his brigade, Pratt's battery, and a detachment of Monroe's regiment from

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