The daring exploit of the iron-clad steamer Arkansas
on the Mississippi
, has thoroughly aroused the wrath of the Federal fleet, and has given encouragement to the gallant troops who are now so heroically defending Vicksburg
The only intelligence received from that point yesterday is contained in the following dispatch to the Secretary of the Navy
, from Gen. Earl Van
, July 16, 1862.--The enemy opened all their guns and mortars last evening, and shelled the city and batteries until after dark, when eight of their vessels of war passed down under fire of the batteries and the Arkansas
What damage was done to them I have not learned, though they were repeatedly pierced by shot of the heaviest calibre.
One heavy shot passed through the side of the Arkansas
, killing two men and wounding three.
This was all the damage done to us with the exception of one house burned down in the city.
Our troops here have a contempt for the fleet and the bombardment, and await coolly for the troops to land.
is the admiration of all, and her daring and heroic act has inspired all with the greatest enthusiasm.
She is now being repaired and will soon be ready for orders.
, Maj. Gen.