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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official report of Colonel George William Logan, on the engagement between the Federal gunboats and Fort Beauregard, on the 10th and Sixth May, 1863. (search)
onfires along the banks of the river, which were to be ignited by Captain Purvis's pickets in case the boats attempted to pass at night. I also called upon Captain Purvis for an additional guard for the fort, to serve as infantry. To Captain Thomas O. Benton, commanding Bell's battery, I assigned the command of all the artillery on the fort, and to Captain William B. Spencer, Company F, Eleventh Louisiana battalion, I assigned the command of all the infantry. Lieutenant A. R. Abercrombie, Sned until the lower gun was fired as a signal. Just when we expected the boats to open fire, a yawl bearing a flag of truce was observed approaching the fort. Anticipating that its object was to demand the surrender of the fort, I deputized Captain Benton and my Adjutant, Lieutenant James G. Blanchard, to meet the yawl, with instructions, in case of such a demand, to respond that we would hold the fort forever. The deputation proceeded to a point a mile below the fort, where it met the yawl
re 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 forenemy 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.