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Interesting Detail of the Brilliant Operation
of tlic Military and Xucul For eta Under
(Jen. McClernand and Admiral Porter.
Reich or the Village
TIIE PLAN OF INVESTMENT.
Tl Gini of Ihr Forf Diimonnl.d
baU from tfce Ciubouln.
Two Dayi Fighting and Final Sur
render. SKETCH OF tup: EEBKL
Oar Expedition-try Correepondpn ce.
Moctii of White Riveh, Ark., Jan. 11
The expedition for the capture of
Arkansas Post has proved a. success.
Coming as it docs directly on the heels
of the reverse at Vicksburg, it is es
pecially .important. All hearts that
were so sad after our recent repulse,
while under the command of Sherman,
are now lull of joy at our achievement.
A strong position, the key to the pos
session of one of the tributaries of the
Mississippi, a fortress mounting nine
heavy guns, with a garrison of nearly
Beven thousand men, with all their
6Uiall arms, ammunition, and equip
ments for the field, have fallen into our
hands. Within a week from the time
of assuming command of the Army
of the Mississippi General McCler
nand has made an important capture.
If it was Vicksburg, instead of !he
present locality, our exultation would
be much increased.
After the repulse of General Sher
man's army anil the assumption of the
command by General McClernaud, it
was decided to withdraw from the Ya
zoo river. It was at first ordered for
the army to debark at Miliken's Bend
and go into encampment there, prepar
atory to the adoption of new plans for
the campaign. Before the troops had
been placed on shore the order was
changed, and the expedition started up
the river as far as Montgomery Point,
opposite the mouth of White river. It
was announced that we were to "pro
ceed on an important military enter
prise ;" b..t beyond this nothing was
known. It was generally suspected
that we wero to attempt the capture of
At Our First Pendeztous.
The military and naval fleet reached
Montgomery Point on the morning of
the 8th, and remained throughout that
day quietly at rest. On the morning
of the Oth the boats commenced the
.ascent of White river, the gunboats
Louisville and Pittsburg taking the
lead, followed by the Marmora and
the transports. The latter wero head
ed by the steamer Tigress, the flagboat
of General McClernaud. It was ex
pected that we might be annoyed bv
rebel batteries ou the banks of the
White ; but none Mere discovered ;
not even a solitary guerilla made his
presence manifest, though it is quite
probable that many of them were in
the brushwood noting our progress.
Nature of the While Fiier.
The Whito river is a narrow though
deep stream, navigable for boats of
ordinary draught through most seasons
of the year for nearly two hundred
miles of its course. .Boats occasional
ly ascend as far as Batesville, and on
rare occasions have gone up to For
syth, Mo., within fifty miles of Spring
field. Thirty miles from its mouth it
becomes so narrow that our large trans
ports are unable to turn around, but
are obliged to back out of the stream
with great care. Its waters are of a
light gray color, and in comparison
with those of the Mississippi w ould be
considered clear. On the upper por
tion the scenery is peculiarly wild and
attractive, and its pellucid current finds
its way over a clear, gravelly bed.
From the clearness of the water the
stream takes lis name.
About ten miles from the mouth of
the White is a pat-sage into the Arkan
sas, known as "the "cut-off." This is
navigable for the boats that ply on the
Arkansas and White rivers, and, tho'
much obstructed by snags, its naviga
tion is safer than "that of the former
stream. Before the war boats from
the Arkansas river that were bound
up the Mississippi alwavs passed
through the cutoff and entered the
groat river through the channel of the
lower White. When the White is
higher than the Arkansas a stron" cur
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runs up the lower White, and through
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Arkansas. It is predicted bv
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the town of Xapoleon. To all lovers
of decency and good morals this a con
summation devoutly to be wished.
Jlori.tg I'fi tin' White.
The transports, preceded by the
gunboats, ascended the White, an 1 on
leaching the cut-off pushed steadily
forward, and were soon plowing tho
red wafers of the Arkansas." This
stream, f . r the last three hundred miles
ot its course, is exceedingly tortuous:
and is full of snags and sandbars.!
f lorn these causes our
necessarily slow, and it was nearly
night before we arrived at Belleville,
a small town on the south bank of the
river, ami about ten miles below Ar
kansas Post by the course of the
stream. This place had been selected
as a point of rendezvous, preparatory
to the attack on the Post. The boats
of one division were tied up to the
south bank, while those of two other
divisions of the army fastened to the
north bank, about a mile above, and
commenced throwing troops ashore.
A Flattie Movement.
One division had gone up the White
river, without passing through the cut
off, and landed on the west bank of
that stream, so as to come in on the
roads leading from Arkansas Post to
Little Rock, and thus secure the line
of the rebels' retreat to the interior of
the State. With our forces thus dis
posed we felt certain of capturing the
enemy's position. We determined to
leave them no opportunities to flee,
and -by cutting them off in all direc
tions to make our success complete.
This is the oldest settlement in the
State of -Arkansas, and was founded
by the French in 16S5. For many
3 ears it was a frontier trading post,
and was the resort of the hunters and
trappers of the Arkansas river and the
then almost unknown Indian Territory.
It is situated on the first high ground
on the Arkansas river, and is on a bluff
about eighty feet high. Back of the
town is a sloping strip of land about
half a mile in width, extending to a
forest on the edge of the bottom land
reaching to White river. In a hi
stage of water this land is overflowed,
but at present is comparatively dry.
The bluff and the sloping ground are
cleared, while the bottom land is for
the most part covered with a dense
cypress forest. A few farms and clear
ings were found ; but by far the larger
portion lias never been redeemed from
its natural state.
Position of the Fort.
The river here makes a sharp bend
to the northward, forming a complete
U. The bluff strikes the outside of
tho bend, and the town of Arkansas
Post, containHg less than five hundred
inhabitants, is situated on the bluff,
near the river. Just below it, in a po
sition looking for three miles down the
sweep below the bend, the rebels more
than a year ago erected the fort which
it was now our endeavor to capture.
This fort was of rectangular shape,
built so as to repel an attack from any
quarter, and on each side mounted two
heavy guns. Those looking down the
river were long sixty-fours, while the
remainder were thirty-twos. On the
sweep looking down the river was a
finely finished one hundred-pounder
Parrott gun that the rebels confident
ly hoped would be able to sink any
boat having the termerity to approach.
Protection of the Fort.
Around the fort is an extensive
range of rifle pits, extending along the
buff so as to encircle the town. Out
side of these is a long line of abatis.
rendering it difficult to approach the
works. In the construction of these
defences the rebels showed especial
care. All the roads excepting the one
to Little liock had been obstructed by
fello 1 timber, and only the ingenuity
of our soldiers prevented their finding
them formidable obstacles in the way
of a movement.! The garrison of the
fort had been reported at about seven
thousand strong, commanded by Brig.
Perilous Attempt to Capture the Fort.
An attempt was made in October
last to capture Arkansas Post ; but it
did not prove a success. General A.
P. Hovey, with a force of 10,000 men,
was sent from Helena with that object
in view. The White river was ascend
ed to near the entrance of the cut-off;
but the stage of water was not suffi
cient to allow the boats to pass through.
A cavalry force was sent within two
miles of the fort, frightening the gar-
rison into preparations for decamping.
Failing to find sufficient water to pro
ceed, Hovey returned to Helena.
As in that instance the rebels were
preparing to leave, it was thought they
would attempt it at the present time.
Gen. McClernand accordingly made
his preparations to prevent such a
Actirity on the Pirer.
During the night of Friday and tho
morning of Saturday all was bustle
on the river. A detachment of gun
boats were sent up to the fort, only
ten miles above, with instructions to
reconnoitre the river, draw the enemy's
lire and ascertain as fully as possible
the character and strength of their
works, the number of
their attention from the arm v move-1
ui in v moe-
menrs. -ti anspoi is, iui, were sLeairiing
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scene ot activity and
scene ot activity and life as was;
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Points of I'tb'ir.'ifion.
land . :ig o
i above the little vnlago or ;
f lleileville, and on the opj.o-1
t tne river, a road starts,
away from the bank, following the
main course of the stream, though
avoiding its numberless bends, and
ng directly to the enemy's position
at Arkansas Inst, iins road
nary times is in tine condition ; but it
was understood to be much obstructed
'now by Uxcs fallea across it by the
rebels to impede our march. But such
obstructions are of no great moment
in the way of a powerful army, and
therefore the knowledge of their ex
istence had no influence in deterring
the General commanding from debark
ing the main portion of his force at
this point to move overland. One di
vision, as previously stated, moved
several miles higher up the steam and
debarked on the south side of the river,
in order to prevent the escape in that
direction of any portion of the rebel
army should the assailing force succeed
in dislodging them from their fortified
positions. The transports containing
artillery were also moved up to a point
within five miles of the Post and there
unloaded, a portion on either bank,
the largest amount being put off on
the north bank, whence it was easily
moved through lanes and across culti
vated fields to the road upon which
the infantry were moving, but a mile
from the bank at this point. This lat
ter place of debarkation was but about
three miles from the fort and in plain
view of it.
As rapidly as the troops and artillery
were put on shore they were moved
forward to positions in tho rear and to
the south of the enemy's position, pre
viously assigned them by General
McClernand. Each division comman
der was supplied with a chart of the
country, with his particular position
clearly marked upon it, and he in turn
was directed to so order and instruct
his brigade commanders that there
should be no conflict or mistakes. Thus
h ' was easily avoided much of the difli-
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at Vicksburg, where less regard was
paid to order and discipline.
The Gunboats Corer the Dcbarlation.
The debarkation of the troops and
artillery at the different points was
covered by gunboats, and during the
debarkation at the upper landing sev
eral iron-clads were sent forward to
within a mile and a half of the fort,
and opened a vigorous fire upon it to
restrain any premeditated assault upon
The Troops in Good Spirits.
By 1 o'clock on Saturday afternoon
the entire force had been put ashore
and had moved away to secure their
positions. The men were in the high
est spirits, being led by a captain in
whom they had the fullest confidence,
and all animated with a firm presenti
ment of a sure and speedy victory.
Plans of the Baf.le.
Gen. McClernand had laid his plans
to make his victory not only sure, but
decisive. To this end he had disposed
his forces so as completely to circum
vent the Post and prevent any egress
from it in any direction whatever. It
has been previously mentioned that
one division debarked on the south
side of the Arkansas. This was de
signed to prevent any escape by cross
ing the river. Another division, in
stead of following the main force into
the common rendezvous at Belleville,
continued directly up the White river
about twenty-five miles, where they
debarked on the west side of that
stream, whence, by pushing their way
through the timbered bottom land for
a distance of three miles, they would
emerge into higher land and open
prairie, continuing thus until they
again entered the woods skirting the
lied river, about three miles back of
the Post. The distance across by this
route was but ten or twelve miles; and,
although no well constructed roads ex
isted, or in fact any roads, the timber
was so open and free from underbrush
that bnt little difficulty was met with
in getting through. This division
struck what is called the White river
road running nearly north and south
about two miles and a half from the
L'ost. Following this road about three
quarters of a mile, to avoid an exten
sive marsh or swamp lying northeast
ot the town, they hied oft by their
right flank through a piece of woods,
until their right came upon the main
turnpike leading np the Arkansas river
to Little liock, and took possession of
a small bridge on this road, across a
creek leading from the north into the
Arkansas, about a mile and a half from
the town, thus cutting off all retreat
from the Post in this direction.
The two divisions that has debarked
on the north side of the river, below
the Post, deployed into line, with their
extreme right resting upon the left of
the division from the Whito river, and
their left ccming down nearly to the
river below the town, thus completing
the circuit of the enemy's position.
The Gunboats Open.
A general plan of attack had been
previously agreed upon between Gen.
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gunboats moved up into close position
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"ore the fort at 3 o'clock P. M. and
;ned the ball. The boats principally
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up a most vigorous engagement witu
the enemy f
in hour and a h;n, tne
j fort responding with great earnestness
' to every shot we sent. The cannon-
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terrible, fairly causing the earth to
tremble witi, 'ti10 vast V(.,lume of sound.
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At first the enemy had difficulty in
getting their guns to bear upon our
boats, owing to their elevation and the
close position which the boats had
taken, and for a time their shot all fell
tar a stern of us causing loud peals of!
'derision froiii the Jack Tais who 1
wjitched them. At the same time our
guns were too highly elevated and our
shell passed over the bluff, tailing far
into the rear of the rebel lints, and, as
the result demonstrated, doing more
damage to our own forces than to
those of li e enemy. But by degrees
more perfect range was obtained on
both sides, and the rebel missiles fell
around our vessels in uncomfortable
frequency. The rebels disclosed but
four guns bearing upon us, though
these were of heavy calibre, and were
handled with great skill. We thus
had the advantage of them in weight
of n.etal, having, where the bow guns
ot our boats onlv usee, twelve guns
working against them, while by swing
ing about we could occasionally pour
in a broadside with great effect. Af
ter the few first rounds we got better
range, and our shell fell with great
accuracy info the rebel works, explod
ing and spreading consternation and
confusion all around. Thus we soon
disabled one ot their best pieces, a
large rifle gun, knocking it complete
Iv off its mountings by a well directed
shot from the Louisville. Another of
their guns also soon ceased to work,
but whether because of the loss of ar
tillerists or accident to the piece does
Withdrawal of the Gunboats. '
We had thus silenced half of the
guns working against us, ana had as
yet received no serious damage, when
signals were displayed from the flag
ship to withdraw from the action.
The cause of this early withdrawal,
when every prospect favored an-early
success in silencing the rebel battery,
did not a first appear, and much dis
satisfaction and grumbling were man
ifested by the crews of the various
boats engaged ; but it was soon known
throughout the squadron that it had
been previously agreed between the
naval and army commanders that at a
certain hour the navy should withdraw
and the land force would make an as
sault. But for some unexplained rea
son the army did not come to time,
and, although the gunboats were with
drawn at the appointed time, the army
made no assault. This was probably
owing to the existanee of heavy ob
structions in their line of march, which
prevented them getting into position
at the proper time.
Early in the following evening Gen.
McClernand visited the Admiral,
when a long consultation ensued, at
which the plan of battle for Sunday
was agreed upon. It was also agreed,
upon, as a wise plan, to give the be
leaguered garrison as little rest as pos
sible during the intervening night,
and accordingly the gunboats were
directed to fire a shot every half hour.
This desultory firing was not designed
to do any great amount of damage,
and probably did not ; but it unques
tionally had the effect of depriving
some rebels of their usual night's rest,
and thus unfitted them in a measure
for duty on the following day.
Sundav morning, at daylight, our
J gunboats were to resume the cannon
ade upon the fort; but the morning
dawned with a dense fog spreading
over the river, which prevented the
gunboats moving up into action until
nearly nine o'clock, at which hour the
attack was resumed.
The Attack Resumed.
For one hour the cannonading was
equal to that of the previous day.
The enemy had, during the night, re
placed the gun we had dismounted
on tne previous evening, and also Had
supplied gunners for the other gun
silenced, so that their whole battery
was in play. As the fog lifted the
morning shown out bright and beauti
ful, and nature put on her most beau
tiful garb. The cannonading that fid
lowed was sadly in contrast with the
clear skv and gladsome sun. Heavy
reports of artillery and long shouts of
excited men were all the sounds to be
heard, and these seemed in sad discord
with the smiling appearance of nature.
But the battle had commenced, and
soon it raged with interest fury,
The Army Engaged,.
The army on the shore had already,
on the left wing, entered an exten
sive abatis, and were forcing their way
up to the rifle pits of the enemy
against a continuous volley of mus
ketry, while the rigtit of our lines was
held in check by the shots of our own
gunboats. Thus the roar of artillery
was intermingled with the din of mus
ketry and tho shouts of victorious men
until the volume of inharmonious
sounds became musical in its discor-
Light artillery was planted
Sherman in a commanding
to shell the rebel position
from inland, which drew responses not
(only from field artillery, but from the
! main fort, two guns of which bore di-
rectly upou our assaulting columns
The Engagement Becomes General.
Thus, between nine and ten o'clock
A. M., the battle became general in
every sense of the word, and light as
well as heavy artillery, with musketry
in profusion, was belching forth to in
crease the vol n inn of din confusing
sounds, and add to the terror and de
otructiveuess of the action.
The Gunboats and the Fort.
LTp till ten o'clock the duel between
the gunboats and the fort had been
wholly barren of results. About this
time a shell was directed, either from
Louisville or DeKalb, through which I
is a point in dispute, as both vessels
fned simultaneously, which exploded
directly over and close to a hundred
pounder Parrott gun, mounted tin the
southern parapet of the rebel fort, and
which had given our vessels the great
est anxiety and trouble, disabling
every man engaged in working the
gun. With field glasses we could
plainly see that not less than seven of
the poor fellows were literally blown
to pieces, their limbs being torn a
sunder, and their bodies severed into
shapeless masses and scattered through
out their works. Isine others, either
engaged in working the gun or stand
ing by it, were counted among the
wounded, who were borne from the
spot by those who riished to the res
cue, fir discovered dragging their crip
pled limbs over the ground to a place
of refuge. Not a man was left to
work the gun, and throughout the
rest of the engagement it was not again
The Pebel Fire Slacl-ens.
With the silencing of this immense
piece, which seems to have been their
main reliance, the fire of the enemy
began to slacken, as if their forces had
become disheartened. But still their
other guns were worked with some
animation, while all the batteries of
our gunboats poured in upon them the
most damaging fire. As yet not a
single shot had struck any of our ves
sels since the action commenced, al
though many fell in close proximity,
and our fire did not slacken in the
least. We had attained perfect ran
ges, and each shot we fired was be
coming more and more close, until it
was with the utmost hazard that they
could work their guns at all. We
slaughtered their gunners ; but, obsti
nately, they put others in their places.
We silenced one, and finally two of
their guns ; but still the remaining
two kept fearlessly at work. It was
desperately on their part, and they
manifested a determination to fight to
The Fort Abandoned.
Finally the last came. The gronnd
became too hot for them. One of the
remaining guns on the eastern parapet
was abandoned, the gunners flying in
confusion. The example was speedily
followed by those employed on the
south parapet, and the fort was silenc
ed. The Gunboats Withdrate.
Just at this juncture signals wero
made by the army for ns to cease our
firing, and our boats dropped back,
out of action.
A Furious Assault by the Army.
Then commenced a most furious as
sault by the land foices. Those upon
the left, comprising, as I am informed,
the divisions of Generals Steele and
David Stewart. formerly Morgan L.
Smith's crossed the enemy's abatis,
under a heayy fire from their rifle pits,
and put the rebels to utter route, diiving
Ihern out in the direction of the road
leading to Little Rock. Here they
were headed off by the divisions that
had crossed from the White river, and
a desperate engagement ensued, Of
this engagement I have but little infor
(nation, as I was not present to witness
it, and have had no opportunity of con
versing with those who were.
The Engagement on the Pight.
T f .
l am informed that, on emerging
from the fire of our forces on the left.
the rebels formed in line of battle and
attempted to break our right wing, with
a view of escaping; hut being repulsed,
after heavy slaughter, a cessation of
hostilities occurred. During this ces
sation reinforcements were sent round
from our left to the right to- such an
extent that when the enemy again at
tempted the task of breaking through,
which they did at three Pi M., they
were again repulsed after a very brief
engagement, their forces breaking in
confusion and utter demoralization.
Soon after the rebel commander sent
out a flag of truce proposing a capitu
lation. The answef returned was that
the only capitulation that could be made
would be one based on an unconditional
surrender. This reply was doubtless
expected, for after a short delay it was
accepted, and at four P. M., we became
possessors of this famous position, with
its heavy armament, all its garrison,
light artillery, small arms, camp equip
age, ammunition, stores, &c. Colonel
Dnnntngton, late of the United States
Navy, commandant of the fort, request
ed to surrender to the navy, and Admi
ral Porter received his sword.
Sletch of Colonel Dunnington.
The rebel Colonel John V. Dunning
ton, is a native and citizen of Ken
tucky, from which State he was appoint
ed to the United States Navy on the
10th of April, 1849. On the lCth of
October, 1S5G, he was promoted to a
lieutenancy, and in 1SG1 he resigned
his position in the loyal service of his
country and joined that of the rebels
On his last voyage he sailed in company
with Lieut. J. Pembroke Jones, on the
steamer Mohicao, then stationed on the
coast of Africa. When he resigned, he
had been twelve years in the naval ser
vice of his country, ovpr eight of which
had been spent at sea, nearly three
years as lieutenant, - about twenty
months on shore and other duty, and
the remainder of the time he had been
unemployed, either being abspnt on
leave or awaiting orders. Notwith
standing he had proved traitrous to his
country, so yreat was his respect for
the service he had deserted, that he
requested to surrender his sword to the
chief officer of that branch fo which he
Operations on the South Lank.
The division that landed on the south
bank of the river, near the mouth of
lied Fork, moved out on the road in the
direction of the landing, opposite the
Post. From this landing is a single
road, leading to the Wachita river
through a region of swamps and low
lands. The road from Belleville inter
sects it about four miles from the latter
place near the crossing of a small
creek. This bridge was occupied at an
early hour by a battalion of our cavalry
which encountered a small force of
rebel infantry. The later was disloged
after a few rounds of musketry, and fled
in the direction of the fort.
Holding a Bridge.
The bridge being fairly in our hands
the rebels retreat in that direction was
rendered hopeless. The division formed
in line of buttle, and, after several hours
impatient listening to the cannonading,
moved forward in the direction of the
river. They had advanced but a single
mile before night came upon them, and
they bivouacked on the field. Around
them was the dense cypress forest, with
its thick brushwood. The gloom of
the night was rendered still more in
tense by a thick fog which overhung
the forest in that vicinity. A strong
picket was thrown out during the night,
and there were constant alarms from
stragglers from the fort coming upon
our lines before they were aware of it
and several prisoners were made in this
way. One of our men wa wounded
by a shot from the bushes, but his
wound was not considered serious.
Passi?ig the Night.
During the night there was but litllo
sleep in the bivouac, the men being
anxious for the coming dawn, and fer
vently desiring an opportunity to retrieve
the disgrace of their failure before
Vicksburg, under Sherman. Had not
this been sufficient reason for a sleep
less nihl,there would have been causes
for wakefulness in the occasional boom
ing of the artillery Irom the gunboats
in front of the Post.
Moving on Sunday.
In the morning they moved forward
to within two miles of the river, meet
ing and capturing small squads of the
enemy. There was no engagement of
importance, as the rebels had learned
from the guard at the bridge, of the
force that was ready to oppose them,
and did not attempt to retreat by way
of the Wachita road. When the battle
was over the number of prisoners on
this side was not far from two hundred,
consisting entirely of stragglers from,
the fort. All of them told a pitiful tale
of their garrison life and the scarcity of
Casualties, . . t
I have not, from the circumstances
by which I am surrounded, been able to
make out a list of the losses in the var
ious divisions engaged. These will
doubtless be sent by your correspondent
who accompanied the land forces. -I
have heard several estimates of the
extent of our suffering, none of them
placing the killed and wounded at less
than three hundred. Several persons
are of opinion that they will exceed six
hundred. My own impression is that
the losses will come within the above
figures. No officers, that I have heard
of. have suffered. Much of the damage
is said to have been caused by the gun
boats firing too high.
Results of the Battl-e.
The results of our victory are nearly
seven thousand prisoners of war, a forti
fied point guarding the navigation of
the Arkansas river, and shutting out its
commerce from the Mississippi. We
can now ascend without interruption to
Little Rock, and take full possession of
the Arkansas capital. With a higher
stage of water in that river we can
communicate with Generals Blunt and
Herron. and save them the transport of
supplies over the long route from Kolla
With but a few more well directed blows
the whole rebel ;strenglh in the State
will be overthrown and the power of
the government again fully restored.
Artillery and ordnance stores to an
enormous extent have come into our
possession, and several thousand stand
of small arms make for us an exhibit of
no mean importance. Transportation
for the rugged roads of Arkansas has
become ours, and with a new stock of
commissary stores we are ready to
move in any direction by land.
Following so soon after our reverse,
we should hope that our present victory
will tie a partial atonement for onr re
cent defeat, and convince the North of
the value of the change in the com
mand. The one leader brought us
defeat and disgrace, the other has
brought us honor and success. With
an officer in whom we have confidence
we now feel certain of a prosperous
.ollfe to .Tlnrinf r.
OCRACOCKE MIJIIT HTATION, near
tlie entrance to Ocracticke Inlet K. C, aud
almut "-.'Il J Nautiea! miles to the Southward or
Westward of Cape Hatferas, has been refitted.
The height of the Tower from hane to focal
plane is ' 5 feet, and above ca level 73 feet ; it is
conical in form, color white, surmounted by a Inn
tevn color red.
rhe ftpniirntus is a fourth order Frssnel ; arc of
tho 'Horizon illuminated t-7ll de.
The l.ht i a lixi-d white, i-econdnry pea-raa.it
and harb -r ; it will be exhibited for the first time,
on the niyht of tlie ath of November, and every
ht tlieren;ter. aud it can be peen l:milef.
Liiititude :t." de. MlH.in.yi sec. N. Luugitude 75
dejr. iniu. -H see. W.
11 order oi the Light II"U?e lionnl,
1'. SMITH, U. llu. Eng.
.Vol ice lo .llariiUTH.
pBE TliJlIOK.KV I.MJIIT. formerly
A in use at K'jRiMive Ma. .-ire Liifiit House, c,
has hen removed, and a fourth order FreMitl Ap
p'iratu h:i been replaced.
Arc of the Horizon illuminated 70 d-. Tho
Iil.t i-1 1 tix-d wli.tf, and wiii hi; exhibited on the
mhtcf the 1.7. h November, and every inht theie
alter, linti if i--an be sei-n i-levi n miles.
15 order of the LirHt Hohic Hoard,
J. P. SiillU, Ll. House Eng.