sition of the rebels, shelling them as they advanced, when the batteries were found to be evacuated.
After which Lieut. Snell, United States Navy, sent a boat ashore and raised the American flag, finding the rebel flag in the battery — the United States steamer Water Witch retaining possession of the batteries until the arrival of the land forces.
The command immediately advanced from the position on Mount Pleasant Creek, and occupied the batteries and late camps of the enemy, at about eighrformed their duties with great satisfaction to me and to the expedition.
I have the honor to be, Colonel, most respectfully,
Your obedient servant, J. M. Brannan, Brigadier-General Commanding.
Captain Godon's official report.
United States steamer Vermont, Port Royal harbor, S. C., October 5, 1862.
sir: The Department is doubtless aware that an attack by the rebels had been made some time since on the gunboats employed on the inside blockade of St. John's River.