the assistance of Signal-Officer Howard, who had been upon the Ellen for several successive days, did very great execution among the ranks of the enemy.
Although the gunboats did not advance up the river as far as could have been desired, in order to give a more effective flanking fire upon the fort, still much credit is due them for the wonderful precision with which their fire was directed at such long range.
The whole force which went into action was as follows:
First Brigade, Col. Fenton Comd'g.Field Officers.Officers.Men.Total.
Eighth Regiment Michigan Volunteers,421509534
Seventh Regiment Connecticut Volunteers,718573598
Twenty-eighth Regiment Mass. Volunteers,618520544
Total First Brigade,17571,6021,676
Two companies of the Twenty-eighth Massachusetts were on fatigue-duty, and did not join their regiment.
Second Brigade, Col. Leasure Comd'g.
Seventy-ninth Highlanders, N. Y. Vols.,321450474
One Hundredth Regiment Pa. Vols.,318400421