ion and the repulse of the British, both parties prepared for a renewed contest.
Each was strengthened by reinforcements, but the struggle was not again begun for a month.
General Brown had recovered from his wound, and was again in command of his army.
The fort was closely invested by the British, but Drummond's force, lying upon low ground, was greatly weakened by typhoid fever.
Hearing of this, Brown determined to make a sortie from the fort.
The time appointed for its execution was Sept. 17.
He resolved, he said, to storm the batteries, destroy the cannon, and roughly handle the brigade on duty, before those in reserve at the camp could be brought into action.
Fortunately for the sallying troops, a thick fog obscured their movements as they went out, towards noon, in three divisions—one under General Proctor, another under James Miller (who had been brevetted a brigadier-general), and a third under General Ripley.
Porter reached a point within a few rods of the British ri