s had been sent in pursuit of the Era, and had been turned back by the Webb on her retreat.
They all went back up Red River.
On reaching this stream, Captain Brown decided not to ascend it, and I thought it best to return at once.
Thinking we might be attacked on the way up, I seized a hundred and seventy-five bales of cotton, and protected the Era's machinery as far as practicable.
At St. Joseph I landed and seized the mails, and learned from them that Col. Adams was waiting for us at Grand Gulf with two pieces of artillery.
Thirty-six shots were fired at the Era while passing the point, none of which took effect.
On reaching Island One Hundred and Seven, a body of riflemen opened a heavy fire upon the Era from the Mississippi shore.
Suspecting it to he a ruse to draw us to the other side of the river, I decided on keeping the right of the Island.
The furnaces of the Era became so clogged at this point, I found it necessary to stop and have them cleaned out — a delay of twen