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The Recent Engagement in Kentucky between Confederate Batteries and Federal vessels. We make the subjoined extract from a letter in the Memphis (Tenn.) Appeal of Sept. 11, dated Hickman, Ky., Sept. 5th. I suppose that long before this reaches you, the telegraph will have informed you of our movements in this direction, and, also of our little semi-naval engagement of yesterday, between one of our gunboats, Capt. Hamilton's and Capt. Jackson's batteries, and two of Lincoln's practical craft, which of late, have been cruising about from below this point to Cairo and Paducah. As this incident was initiatory of what may prove a bloody conflict in this section of our military operations, and withal was somewhat interesting and exciting, I will endeavor to relate the circumstances of the fight as correctly as possible. A little after 12 o'clock yesterday, General Chestham, who has command of the forces here, received a telegraphic dispatch, from Columbus, stating that two gun-boats were below, and would, in all probability, pay us a visit before they returned. He had scarcely time to warn our gun-boats, lying just above us, before they made their appearance around the point about four miles distant. They continued to proceed down the river until within three miles of our lower battery, when they evidently began preparations to make the attack. Our gun-boat swung round in a most graceful manner, and opened fire upon them with one of her heavy sixty-four pounders. The shot was well directed and struck in point blank range just this side of the boat in advance. This was followed by another from our boat, which on asked in the water, throwing it up in vast columns apparently between them. Captain Hamilton's battery, manned by the Southern Guards, one of your best volunteer companies, then came up to the assistance of the gunboat in a most gallant style, Then commenced a brisk and sharp cannonading on both sides — the enemy firing broadside after broadside, as fast as they could turn their boats. The hissing of the shell and shot through the air, the busting of bombs, the land road of the cannon, and the beating of the drums calling the infantry to arms, mads the scene highly exciting. Capt. Jackson, of the Steuben Artillery, an other excellent company from Memphis, took a position higher up the river, and opened fire on them with rifled cannon. The peculiar whis of the balls seemed to have frightened the Hessians so much that they turned and ingloriously fled up the river. Col.McCown, however, came near cutting them off at Commons they having passed there only ten minutes before he reached that place with several thousand infantry and twenty field piece. The boys of the 4th Regiment, commanded by Col. R. P. Neely, the only infantry I had an opportunity observing, exhibited the coolest discipline during the whole affair. The officers of the separate companies were promptly at their posts, and gave their orders as calmly and deliberately as in ordinary drill. All our field officers, from our gallant and beloved Colonel to the Sergeant Major, gave unmistakably evidence that they are of brave men. broke's lance or squadron in the field and showed themselves fully competent for the positions they occupy. The officers and men of the other regiments, I am told, be hated equally as well. Had we known two hours sooner that we were to be favored with the august presence of Lincoln's hirelings, they would have had another massed battery story to tell, and Abraham, in balancing his accounts, would have found himself minus two gun-boats, which be could easily have reconciled by placing them to the credit of Jefferson Davis, in the same account with the Equality and Cheeney heretofore captured in these waters. We were unfortunate in first firing heavier guns than they have, which induced them to believe that their sixteen guns were hardly sufficient to cope with a half dozen of ours. This is in accordance, however, with true Yankee bravery.
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