--We have been shown the official report of Lieut,-Col. George W. Logan
, commanding post at Harrisonburg
, La, which was attacked by four of the enemy's gunboats on the 10th of May last.
This engagement was briefly noticed by us shortly after its occurrence, but the facts before us at that time enabled us to convey a very inadequate idea of the real character of the engagement.
is on the Washita river
, and is defended by a small fortification known as Fort Beauregard
At daylight on the morning of the 10th the enemy's gunboats were observed approaching this fort, and preparations at once made for their reception.
When they arrived near enough to commence the attack, a yawl was sent out bearing a flag of truce, demanding the unconditional surrender of the place.
Capt. Thos. O. Benton
and Adjutant Jas. G. Blanchard
were deputized by Col. Logan
to respond that the point would be defended.
Half an hour after the boats opened fire upon the fort, gradually moving up the river, and after they had continued their firing for about thirty minutes our signal gun was fired, and a regular fire was opened by all of our guns in position.
After receiving our fire the enemy drew off some distance, but continued from their long range guns to throw shell into the fort and the town.
Our batteries reserved their fire until they advanced and renewed the attack, when our guns were again opened upon them.
The boats remained in range until 6½ o'clock P. M., when they retreated down the river, evidently injured.
The commandant of the post, in his report, compliments the gallantry of Capt. Benton
, Lieut. Blanchard
, who was the Adjutant
of the post, and others.