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nders, and one gun on the corner next the bar, an eight-inch shell gun. During the night I tore away a traverse on the back face of the work, and brought another gun to bear in the same direction. The companies of my command, under Capts. Cobdon, Lamb, and Sutton, having been in action all the previous day, displaying great courage and devotion, being perfectly exhausted, I placed the batteries in charge of fresh troops, as follows: Nos. two and three of the channel battery under the command oft belong to any cannon, and Lieutenant Sitisen and myself have a squad of eight men to the Light Artillery, and we will start on the island to prevent them from landing presently. Sutton has twenty-one men who do not belong to cannon squads. Captain Lamb told me to stay in the fort with all the men, but Sitisen says he has got to have me for gunner. Major Andrews was absent on a furlough when the bombardment commenced. Colonel Martin was therefore in undisputed command. The proposition to
Commodore Barron assented, and assumed the command. I then proceeded to examine our guns and munitions, and prepare the fort for the action of the coming morning. There were but two guns mounted on the side next to Fort Clark, both thirty-two pounders, and one gun on the corner next the bar, an eight-inch shell gun. During the night I tore away a traverse on the back face of the work, and brought another gun to bear in the same direction. The companies of my command, under Capts. Cobdon, Lamb, and Sutton, having been in action all the previous day, displaying great courage and devotion, being perfectly exhausted, I placed the batteries in charge of fresh troops, as follows: Nos. two and three of the channel battery under the command of Capt. Thos. Sparrow, assisted by his Lieutenants Shaw and Thomas; Nos. four and five of the same battery were under command of Lieut.-Col. George W. Johnston, assisted by First Lieutenant Mose and Second Lieutenant George W. Daniel; No. six, facing
nt, I marched my command of two hundred and eighty-five infantry and four dragoons, (the latter designed to be used as messengers,) on Sunday, the 8th September, at noon, out of camp, under the guidance of Dr. Singer, a Union Virginian, who, having formerly practised in this and adjoining counties, was thoroughly acquainted with all the localities. The infantry consisted of portions of Company B, Captain Wing, Third Ohio; Company A, Captain Rice; Company C, Captain Comparet; Company E, Captain Lamb; Company K, Captain McCutcheon; and Company H, under Lieutenant Werner, all of the Fifteenth Indiana Volunteers. Lieutenant Driscoll of the Third Ohio Volunteers, volunteered to lead a scouting party, consisting of ten Indiana and ten Ohio riflemen. Lieutenant Bedford, acting Captain of our scouts, volunteered to accompany the expedition. The cavalry was taken from Captain Bracken's Indiana company. Slept the first night on our arms, with half the command awake at a time, with no fires