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Fast Riding. --Assistant Provost Marshal George W. Alexander rode through on Friday last, with Captain Farrand's dispatches about the fight at Drury's Bluff, in forty-five minutes. This is the first time that the Yankee gunboats have been thoroughly whipped by shore batteries, and in this instance it was done under the direction of naval officers. Lieutenant James H. Rochelle, who worked gun No. 2 so gallantly, has since been placed in command of one of our gunboats. Up to Monday at noon the enemy had made no new attempt on the integrity of the river obstructions. Of course our men are not idle in the meantime, and the enemy, when he next shows himself, will meet with an even warmer reception than at first.
lantly loading his regiment in charge. None of our battery was hurt. We captured four prisoners, fifty horses, and a lot of arms, ammunition, and stores. Onslow. Official report of the engagement at Drury's Bluff The following is Captain Farrand's official report of the action last week at Drury's Bluff: Drury's Bluff, May 15, 1862. Hon. S. R. Mellory, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: The enemy came up the river at half-past 6 A. M., the Galena ahead, the Monitor and a smalstice to many if I should mention or particularize any. Capt. Drury and his men fought their guns with great effect. Casualties--Seven killed, among them Midshipman Carroll, and eight wounded. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Eben Farrand, C. S. N., Commanding Post. The Capital of Louisiana. Our latest intelligence from Baton Rouge, La., is contained in the New Orleans Picayunes of May 1st. The Northern papers have claimed that the place was occupied by the Federals