command, ‘board her boys!’
whilst the officer, with cutlass in one hand and a torch in the other, led the way until he had succeeded in throwing the flambeau into her hold, and then seeing that their mission had been accomplished beat a hasty retreat.
As they were rapidly putting for the Island
and had gained a safe distance from the yard, they sent back a shower of grape from their howitzers, directed upon our men, then being rapidly formed, which fire being rendered uncertain by the darkness, only two were wounded.
The next incident of a really exciting nature was an attack in three columns, respectively led by Colonels J. Patton Anderson
, of Florida
, Jas. R. Chalmers
, of Mississippi
and J. R. Jackson
, of Georgia
, all under command of Brigadier-General Richard Anderson
, upon Wilson
's Zouaves, encamped just outside Fort Pickens
, in which a partial success was gained, and, but for an unfortunate accident, great advantage would have accrued.
This was a little before day on the morning of the 8th of October,—a few were killed and wounded on both sides, and some prisoners captured by each belligerent.
Among the prisoners taken from us was the entire medical corps, (Dr. W. L. Lipscomb
, of the Tenth Mississippi included) who had remained with the wounded.
The prisoner of the most importance taken from the enemy, and the first prisoner of war I had ever seen, was one Major Vodges
On returning from the Island
, and while the machinery of one of our tow-boats was out of order, several of our men were wounded by small arms fired from the enemy on the Island
, among them, General Anderson
, who was shot in the arm.
The bombardment of the 22d and 23d of November, 1861, was commenced by Colonel Brown
, commanding Fort Pickens
, and in about one-half hour afterwards, responded to by our entire line of fortifications.
The enemy's land fortifications were aided by the two large men-of-war, the Richmond
, commanded by flag-officer McKean
'Twas said by the enemy that the damage done to Fort Pickens
was slight, whilst they with their hot shot and shell set fire to several houses at the Navy Yard
, silenced several of our land batteries, and came near demolishing Fort McRea.
Be the enemy's damage slight as he represented it, it is pregnant with meaning, when he failed to renew the bombardment on the morning of the 24th, after boastfully commencing it two days previous.
The Army under General Albert Sidney Johnston
's forces remained in the