The Drewry's Bluff batteries.
--Lieut. W. N. Jeffers
, commander of the Federal
Marine Battery Monitor, has written a letter complaining of the injustice does by the authorities at Washington
in promoting Lieut. Constable
, of the steamer E. A. Stevens
, ‘"for gallantry in leading with his steamer the attacking forces in the recent ascent of James river
,"’ when in fact the whole credit
of that action belongs to Commander John Rodgers
As it would be difficult for the reader in this locality to see how any one of the Yankees
can claim much credit for anything performed on the occasion alluded to, except for agility in getting out of the way, we omit the Lieutenant
's argument on this point, and merely introduce an allusion to our batteries at Drewry's Bluff
‘ "Commander Rodgers
knew from ocular demonstration that the barrier was impassable unless the fort was reduced, and that batteries placed in such favorable positions could not be reduced by the gunboats alone, if resolutely defended.
That they would be so defended he had a guarantee in the knowledge that the guns were manned by the best artillerists in the world — seamen, commanded by officers late of the navy of the United States