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[476] works commanded all the approaches by water. The Cotton was stationed on the other side of the bar in such manner as to join her fire to that of the guns posted along the shore.

The attack was nevertheless determined upon. At seven o'clock on the morning of the 14th the three Federal vessels, the Calhoun, the Kinsman and Estrella, ascended the Teche, whilst the Diana was conveying over to the left bank a body of troops which had been landed the day before on the opposite side. The Eighth Vermont, being the first to land, was to endeavor to attack the principal work of the Confederates in the rear, while the flotilla should attract their entire attention. In the mean while, the troops which had remained on the right bank were to make a circuit for the purpose of occupying some point on the margin of the Teche above the obstacle, so as to cut off all retreat to the steamer Cotton, the destruction of which was to be accomplished at all hazards.

Buchanan, full of ardor, arrived in presence of the enemy long before the land-forces, and began the attack without waiting for them. The gun-boats were received by a terrific fire, which swept their decks, covering them with dead and wounded. A torpedo exploded under the hull of the Kinsman, without, however, causing any serious leak. But the dread of these fearful engines stopped two of the Federal vessels. Buchanan, on board the Calhoun, did not permit himself to be intimidated, and, immovable on the bridge of his vessel, steered it direct against the enemy's works. A shower of balls fell around him, and he was soon mortally wounded. But his daring had not been without effect. Whilst he was thus occupying the enemy, the Eighth Vermont reached the gorge of the work, and captured the breastworks by which it was defended. The garrison, entirely occupied by the naval combat, did not even make an effort to resist this new attack, but dispersed at once. The Calhoun was released. The Confederate artillery fell into the hands of the assailants, and the Cotton retired slowly up the Teche, but she encountered the troops that had gone to waylay her above the place of the combat. Her crew, seeing no hopes of saving her, set her on fire, and after landing on the opposite shore turned the burning hull adrift. The Confederate troops numbered not over fifteen

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