remaining in command in the breastworks, endeavored to intercept the gunboat at Brown
's landing, about 3 miles distant, but was too late by five minutes to engage the boat, which continued on her way. Returning to Palatka
he met a courier sent by Captain Gray
with information that the gunboat Ottawa
, the largest boat on the river, carrying 13 guns, two of them 200-pounder rifled guns, and one of the transports that had landed troops on the east bank, were then on their way up the river.
He at once ordered his command to follow and press on rapidly to meet the boats at Brown
At sundown a halt was ordered, and Lieutenant Bates
unlimbered his guns and moved cautiously to the landing.
The men were dismounted and ordered to take position in the swamp, to protect the artillery.
At dusk they reached the wharf at the landing and the two guns were put in position.
The boats were anchored not more than 200 yards from the landing.
Just as we were ready to fire the enemy lighted up their boats, making them a fine target for our little battery, whose fire created great confusion on board.
The admirable management of our guns gave us the advantage of 28 rounds before the enemy responded.
The transport, as soon as she hoisted anchor (being badly crippled) left without firing a gun, but the Ottawa
at each round poured into us a heavy broadside, aiming in the darkness at the flash of our guns.
This made necessary the removal of our guns, which was done in the best order and with admirable coolness.
The injury to the Ottawa
was such that she did not move off for thirty hours. The report of her loss showed several killed and wounded.
Not a man was hurt on our side.
The following day, the 23d of May, 1864, Captain Dickison
, with Lieutenant Bates
' battery and a detachment of sharpshooters from his cavalry, marched to Horse landing
, 6 miles distant from the place of his engagement with the Ottawa
and transport the night previous.
The guns were put in position on the wharf at