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d, and steamboats on the river were hailed by deserters from Price's army, asking to be taken on board.
No troops were ever worse beaten or more demoralized.
Although the Union troops hadstood manfully against the attack of Price's apparently overwhelming force, the slaughter in the enemy's ranks was due to the judgment shown by Lieutenant-Commander Prichett in taking such an admirable position, where he could use his guns effectively.
On two previous occasions — at Belmont and at Pittsburg Landing — the Taylor had saved the day to the Union cause, yet we doubt if a vast majority of the American people are aware that such a vessel ever existed, and we deem it only fair to say that the garrison of Helena, although they fought with a courage unsurpassed during the war, owed their victory over an enemy which so greatly outnumbered them entirely to the batteries of the sturdy wooden gun-boat.
General Prentiss, like a brave soldier as he was, grows eloquent in his praise of Lieutenan