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deral commodore determined to take along with him seven of his best ships.
The Benton, which carried his flag, the La Fayette, lashed to a small steamer called the G vessel following the one preceding her at a distance of about fifty yards. The Benton has already passed the first batteries when, at a quarter-past eleven, the enemginning to fall over the houses spread out in terraces through the city.
The Benton passes at a distance of forty-five yards from the quay, and fires her broadside Mound City, and the Carondelet, to attack the lower batteries, whilst with the Benton, the Tuscumbia, and the La Fayette he opened fire upon the upper works.
The veght, and at seven o'clock in the morning Porter came with the iron-clads
The Benton, Mound City, Carondelet, and Tuscumbia.—Ed. that were lying below Vicksburg to s of Smith and Carr have been held in reserve.
Their commanders, Burbridge and Benton, lead them to the relief of their comrades: they are decimated in their turn wh