Capture of the Federal gunboat Diana in Louisiana.
Port Edison, April 4.
--The New Orleans Era
, of the 2d, contains the particulars of the capture of the Federal
, on Sunday last, a few miles above Brashear city
, on the Atchfalays bayon by a portion of Sibley
was commanded by Capt Peterson
, and had aboard Co. A of the 12th Connecticut, and Co. F of the 16th New York, in all one hundred and twenty officers, privates
, and sailors, all of whom fell into our hands, together with the boat, the armament of which consists of one 32- pounder rifled parrot; two 32 pounder, smooth bore, and two 12-pounder guns.
The boat is badly damaged.
The report of the engagement was distinctly heard at Brashear city
, commanding, immediately sent the gunboat Calhoun
to assist the Diana
, but having no pilot, she grounded and came near sharing the same fate.
A south wind raised the water and released the Calhoun
The Confederate loss is unknown.
The enemy lost three officers and two privates killed.
The following official dispatch confirming the above was received Satrday morning at the War Department:
Headquarters near Burwick's Bay, March 28th, via Natchez
, April 1st.--To Gen. S. Cooper:
I have the honor to report the capture of the Federal
at this point to day. She mounts five heavy guns.
The boat is not seriously injured, and will be immediately put in service.--The enemy's loss in killed, wounded, and prisoners, is one hundred and fifty.