their knowledge) superior to their own vessel, but she never proved herself to be so. Designed to operate with the Essex in the approaching action was one of Lieut. Col. Ellet's rams, the Queen of the West, already met and put to flight by the Arkansasin the early morning fight on the Yazoo River.
W. D. Porter, commanding the Esy dissapointed in the result of the morning's work, which last night seemed to me to promise very fair.
I do not understand where the Sumter was this morning.
Col. Ellet went down according to the plan and struck the ram in such a manner as to injure her, to what extent my observers cannot form an opinion until the sun falls upon her. Col. Ellet's ram ( Queen of the West ) is cut to pieces with round shot and grape, but, strange to say, though many persons in her small crew were struck, no one was killed and no one even seriously wounded. * * * I charge Commodore Porter, in his statement of the conduct of the Benton, and other vessels of the squadron on