ered, while the thunder put to blush the puny columbiads that had all day jarred upon our ears.
Amid this storm our men stood to their posts, and moved still nearer to their enemies.
Amid the same storm, while Jupiter hurled his thunderbolts with such fury, the evacuation of fort and barracks took place; for lo!
as daylight appeared, not an enemy was seen upon the works.
Our flag was soon floating at both forts, and as I write the sound comes to me from a band, with Hail Columbia and Yankee Doodle, while the boys catch the song, and loud, prolonged cheering is taken up camp by camp.
Gen. Pope and staff rode over the ground this morning, and were astonished at the great strength of the works and the splendid prize of guns and ammunition left behind.
Eighteen thirty-two pound guns were upon the walls spiked — so hastily was it done that Yankee ingenuity in a few hours removed sixteen of the spikes, and turned their grinning mouths to look for gunboats from Island No.10.