d that the Kineo had also been sent up by Commander Morris.
The enemy finding us in such strong force of gunboats gave out that they would not attack Donaldsonville, but would go by railroad to Brashear City.
I therefore ordered the Winona, Lieutenant Commanding Weaver, to cruise up and down the river, and he seeing the enemy on two occasions, shelled them.
As I had much to attend to in New-Orleans, I dropped down, placing the gunboats to the best advantage, above and below; Lieutenant Comnmander Walters volunteered to assist the volunteer officer commanding the fort, in the drilling of his men at great guns.
I paid them a visit and gave them my advice in case of an attack, which I looked for sooner or later.
I left Commander Woolsey in the Princess Royal, in command at Donaldsonville, ordered the Winona to Plaquemin, and stationed the Kineo at a place below where the railroad ran near the river, distance about twenty-three miles from New-Orleans.
On the seventeenth instant, t