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The Fourth action of the Arkansas. In a few days after the last action the Confederate armored ram was ready to assume the offensive. Steaming up the river, she had the satisfaction of putting to flight the mortar boats under tow of the Eads iron-clads, all escaping by their superior speed. On the 21st of July, Flag Officers Farragut, Davis and W. D. Porter held a council of war on board the Benton, at which Commander Porter volunteered the service of the Essex to make an effort to destroy the Arkansas; and the following programme was agreed on: That on the morning of the 22d, precisely at 4 o'clock the whole available fleet, under command of Flag Officer Davis, was to get under way, and when within range, to bombard the upper batteries at Vicksburg; the lower fleet, under Flag Officer Farragut, was to do the same, and attack the lower batteries; the Essex was to push on, strike the rebel ram, deliver her fire, and then fall behind the lower fleet. This armored ram,