15th July, 1862, 7 to 8 A. M., the ‘Arkansas
’ disabled the
‘Carondalet’ and chased two other boats down the Yazoo
to the fleet; 8 to 9 A. M., ran through fleet of nearly forty armored vessels of safety to Vicksburg
; caused burning of a mortar boat; 9 to 10 P. M., received fire of fleet passing from above to combine with lower fleet, and repelled attack by the ram Sumter.
22d July, repelled attacks by rams, the ‘Essex
’ retreating down the river, and ‘Queen of the West
’ retreating up the river.
Before the end of July, the seige of Vicksburg
had been raised by the departure of one fleet up the river, and of the other down the river.
’ was master of the situation.