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Interfiling Details of the Brilliant Operation
of the Military and Nazal Force Under
Gen. HcClernand and Admiral Porter.
TI1E PLAN OF INVESTMENT.
Tie Gnns of ihr Fort E i -mou r. I. l
MboU from the ' a .. boo I-..
T wo Days' Fighting and lunal Sur
render. SKETCH OF THE REBEL
Onr Expedition t orrf ipondrncf.
Moith of White Rivek, Ark., Jan. 11.
The expedition for the capture of
Arkansas Post has proved a success.
Coming as it does 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
seven thousand men, with all their
small arms, ammunition, and equip
ments for the Held, have fallen into our
hands. Within a week from the time
of assuming command of the Army
of the Mississippi General McCIer
naud has made an important capture.
If it was Vicksburg, instead of the
present locality, our exultation would
be much increased.
After the repulse of General Sher
man's army and the assumption of the
command by General McClernand, 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 np
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 militarv enter-
prise;" but beyond this nothing was
Know ii. n was general v susneetet
that we wero to attempt the capture of
iriiansas x ost.
At Our Fint Rendezvous.
The military and naval fleet reached
Montgomery Point on the morning of
the 8lh, and remained throughout that remainder wero thirty-twos. On the
day quietly at rest. On the morning (sweep looking down the river was a
of the Oth the boats commenced the finely finished one hundred-pounder
ascent of White river, the gunboats Parrott gun that the rebels confident
Louisville and Pittsburg takinw the I bT hoped would be able to sink any
lead, followed by the Marmora and boat having the termeritv to approach,
the transports. The latter were head- Protection of the Fort.
ed by the steamer Tigress, the flagboat Around the fort is an extensive
of General McClernand. It. was fx- ! rancm of vifb lifs rYt"nrlincr ulnnnr tbt
pected that we might be annoyed bv
rebel batteries on the banks of the
White ; but none were 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 White River.
The White 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 aro unable to turn around, but
are obliged to back out of the stream
with great care. Its waters are of a
jigm-gruy coior, and in comparison
with those of the MississipDi would be i
considered clear. On the upper por- cient to allow the boats to pass through,
tion the scenery is peculiarly wild and A cavalry force was sent within two
attractive, and its pellucid current finds miles of the fort, frightening the gar
its Wav over a clear, in-avellv lied riarvn into nrerinrntionR for dficamniner.
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from the clearness ot the water the i
stream takes its name.
About ten miles from the month of
the White is a passage into the Arkan
sas, known as "the Yut-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 always passed
through the cut off and entered the
great river through the channel of the
lower White. When the White is
higher than the Arkansas a strong cur
rent sets from the former stream to the
latter. When the case is reversed tbe
flow i., the other way. When the Mis
sissippi is higher thnn both, the water
runs up the lower White, aud through
the cut-off, am! finds its way into the
Mississippi again by way of the lower
Arkansas, it is predicted by river
uieu that the Mississipppi will, ere
many years, sweep the islam! away,
and carry with it the last remains of
the town of Napoleon. To all lovers
of decency and good morals tin's a con
summation devoutly to be wished.
Meting Up the White.
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gunboats, ascended the White, an i on
leaching the cut-off pushed steadily
forward, and were soon plowing the
reel waters 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, j
from these cuit.. our progress was,!
necessarily Mow, and it was nearly
night before wo arrived at Belleville,
a small town on the south bank of tin
river, ami about ten miles below Ar -
kansas Post by the course of theiistence had no influence in deterring
stream. This place had been selected I the General commanding from debark
as a point of rendezvous, preparatory I ing the main portion of 1 1 is force at
to the attack on the Post. The boats this point to move overland. One di-
of one division were tied nn to the
south bank, while tho.-e of two other
divisions of the army fastened to the
north bank, about a mile above, and
commenced throwing troops ashore.
A Flunk 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.
Tin's is the oldest settlement in the
State of Arkansas, and was founded
by the French in 16S5. For many
years it was a frontier trading post,
and was the resort of the hunters and
trappers of the Arkansas river and the
then ilmost unknown Indian Territorv.
It is situated on the first, bird orronnd
on the Arkansas river, and is on a bluff
about eighty feet high. Pack of the
town is a sloping strip of hind about
half a mile in width, extending to n
fnrpat on the orltrf of the botton. land
reaching to White river. In a high
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 has never been redeemed from
its natural state.
Position of the For!.
The river here makes a sharp bend
to the northward, forming a complete
U". The bluff strikes the ontside of
the bend, and the town of Arkansas
Post, containing 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 wn now our fmlonvor to enntnre
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 Ions sixty-fours, while the
huff so as to pneirele the town. Ont
side of these is a long line of abatis,
j rendering it difficult to approach the
j works. In the construction of these
' defences the rebels showed especial
care. All the roads excepting the one
i to Little Pock had been obstructed by
telle 1 timber, and only the ingennity
of our soldiers prevented their finding
them formidable obstacles in the way
of a movement. i 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
diil 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 sufh-
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Failing to find sufficient water to pro-
cced, Ilovey 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 River.
During the night of Friday and the
morning of Saturday all was bustle
on the river. A detachment ot gnn-
boats were sent up to the fort, only !
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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 men composing
their garrison, and generally to divert
their attention from the army move
ments. Transports, too, were steaming
about, seeking the proper positions for
debarking their troops ; and for rive
miles either way from the mouth of
he Red Fork the river presented such
a scene ot activity and life as was
never before visible on the usually
jiiiet surface of the meandering Ar
kansas. Poin fj ot' D be
1 iiage or
Belleville, and on the oppo
f the river, a road starts
away from the bank, following the
main course of the stream, though
avoiding its numberless bends, and
leading directly to the enemy's position
at Arkansas Post. This road in ordi
nary times is in tine condition ; but it
was understood to be much obstructed
by trees fallen across it bv the '
obstructions are t no great momenl
in the way of a powerful army, and
1 therefore the knowledge ol their ex
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vision, as previously stated, moved
several miles higher up the steam and
j debarked on the sonth Bide of the river
in order to prevent the escape
direction or any portion oi tne renei
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 eiilier bank,
the largest amount being put off on
the north batik, whence it was easily
moved through lanes and across culti
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vated fields to the road npon which
t tie miantry were moving, out 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 the rear and to
the south of the enemy's position, pre
viously assigned them by General
McClernand. Each division comman
der was snpplied with a chart of the
country i with bis particular position
clearly marked upon it, and he in turn
was directed to so order and instruct.
j brigade commanders that there
should be no conflict or mistakes. Thus
was easily avoided much of the diffi
culty that led to our disgraceful failure
at Vicksburg, where less regard was
paid to order and discipline.
The Gunboats Cover the Debarkation.
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-elads 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
ami had moved away to secure their
positions. Ihe 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 Battle.
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 circnm -
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
mg the river. Another division, in -
stead ot following the main force into
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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
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prairie, continuing thus until they
again entered the woods skirting the
Bed river, about three miles back of
the Post. The distance across by this
route was but ten or twelve mile; and,
although no well constructed roads ex-
isted, or in tact any roads, the timber
was so open and tree trom underbrush
that but little difficulty was met with
in gelting through
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
of the town, they filed oft' by their
right flank through a piece of woods,
until their right came upon the main
turnpike leading up the Arkansas river
to Little Pock, 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 lias 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 White river, and
their left cc tiling down nearly to the
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river below the town, thus completing
the circuit ot the enemy s position.
The Gunboats Open.
A general plan ot attack had been
previously agreed upon between Gen. I
McClernand and Admiral Porter, in 1
accordance with which me iron-eiaii 1
rebels to impede onr
gunboats moved up into close position from inland, which drew responses not
before the fort at 3 o'clock P. M. and only from field artillery, but from the
opened the ball. The boats principally ' main fort, two guns of which bore di
en gaged were the Louisville. Pittsburg, ! rectly upou our assaulting columns.
Cincinnati and DeKalb. These kept I Eagement B(cmtsi Gentral
nn a most vigorous engagement win
the enemy for an hour and a half, the
fori responding with great earnestness
to every shot we sent. The cannon
ading was at one time most grand and
terrible, r'airlv causinsr the earth to
tremble with the vast volume of sound,
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At first the enemy had difficulty in
getting their guns to bear upon onr
boats, owing to their elevation and the
close position which the boats had
taken, and for a time their shot
far a .- tern of us causing Juuu pea
derision from the Jack Tais
guns were t highly elevated and
?hell passed over the bluff", falling
into the rear of the rebel lirus, and
the result demonstrated, doing more
damage to our own forces than i
those of the enemy. But by degrees
more perfect range was obtained on
both sides, and the rebel missiles fell
around onr vessels in uncomfortable
frequency. The rebels disclosed but
four guns bearing upon ns, though
these were of heavy calibre, and were
handled with great skill. We thus
had the advantage of them in weight
of metal, having, where the bow guns
of onr boats only used, twelve gnus
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 into the rebel works, explod-
mg and spreading consternation and
confusion all around. Thus we soon
disabled one of their best pieces, a
large rifle gun, knocking it complete
ly off' its mountings by a well directed
shot from the Louisville. Another of
their guns also soon ceased to work,
hut whether because of the loss of ar
tillerists or accident to the j-dece does
Withdrawal of the Gunboats.
We had thus silenced half of the
vet 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 reoei oattery,
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 torce would make an as
, sault. Put for some unexplained rea
ison 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
tit the proper time.
Earlv in the following evening Gen. I
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
i sible during the intervening night,
and accordingly the gnnboate were
directed to fire a shot every half hour.
IJus desultory tiring was not designed
to do any great amount of damage,
and probably did not ; but it nnques
tionally had the effect of depriving
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1 some reoeis oi uieir nsnai nigui resi,
and thus unfitted them in a measure
(or duty on the following day.
Sunday morning, at daylight, our
gunboats were to resume the cannon
ade upon the fori ; but the morning
dawned with a dense fog spreading
over the river, which prevented the
1 gunboats moving np into action until
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r,ea'"y' "me elockJ at W,1,ch llOUr tliC
:Utack WaS turned.
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
Ln the previous evening, and also had
'supplied eunners for the other mm
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 fol
lowed was sadly in contrast with the
clear sky 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 tury.
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 right of our lines was
held in cheek by the shots of onr own
gunboats. TI1113 the roar of artillery
was intermingled with the din of mus
ketry and the shouts of victorious men
until the volume of
sounds became 11111
ical in its discor-
dance. Light artillery
JV Gen. Sherman in a
position, to shell the rebel
position, to shell the rebel position
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Thus, between nine and ten o'clock
A. AL, 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-
volumn 01 (fin contusing
add to the terror and de-
jtructiveness of the action.
The Gunboats and the Fort.
dp till ten o'clock the duel between
the gunboats and the fort
wholly barren 01 results
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tune a shell was airecte
Louisville or DeKalb, throuj
wntched them. At the same time
as both ve
lirectly over and close
to a humlred-
I pounder Parrott gun, mounted on the
southern parapet of the rebel fort, and
which had given our vessels the
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
snnder, and their bodies severed into
shapeless masses and scattered through
out their works. Nine 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 rushed to the res
cue, or 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 Rebel Fire Slackens.
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. Bat 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 anv of our ves-
! sols since the action commenced, al-
j though many fell in close proximity,
'and our fire did not slacken in the
j 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
77ic Fort Abandoned.
Finally the last came. The ground
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 Withdraw.
Just at this juncture signals were
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
tbe ,eft om risin 9 am informed,
sault by ttie land totces. 1 hose upon
le divisions of Generals Steele and
David Stewart. formerly Morgan L.
Smith's crossed the enemy's abatis,
tinder a heayy fire from their rifle pits,
and put the rebels to utter route, diiving
them 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
mation. as I was not present to witness
it, and have had no opportunity of con
versing with those who were.
The Engagement on tht
I am informed that, on
from the lire of our forces on the left,
ihe rebels formed in line of battle and
attempted to break our right wing, with
a view of escaping; but being repulsed,
after heavy slaughter, a cessation of
hostilities occurred. During this ces
sation reinforcements were sent round
horn 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 PJM., 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 lhat 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, etc. Colonel
Dunnington, late of the United States
IVavy, commandant of the fort, request
ed to surrender to tbe navy, and Admi
ral Porter received his sword.
Sketch of Colonel Dunnington.
The rebel Colonel John W. Dunning
ton, is a native and citizen of Ken-
tlu,I,,. f,,lrr, hir-h Stulo hp ivn annnint.
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10tll of Aprilj 1849. Qn thc lCth o
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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 Mohica . then stationed on the
coast of Africa.
bad been twelve years in the naval ser
vice of his country, over eight ot 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, eilher being absent on
leave or awaiting orders. Notwith
standing be had proved traitrous to his
country, so great was ins respect for
the service he had deserted, that he
(requested to surrender his sword to the
IS a po;nt
Operations on the South Rank.
The division that landed on the south
: hank of the river, near ihe mouth of
; Red Fork, moved out on thc road in the
j direction of the landing, opposite the
j Post. From this landing is a singlo
: road, leading to the Wachita river
(through a resion of swamps and low
j lands. The road from Belleville inter
sects it about four miles from the latter
i place, near the crossing of a small
j creek. This bridge was occupied at an
I early hour by a battalion of our cavalry
I 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
t lie rebels retreat in that direction whs
rendered hopeless. The division formed
in line of buttle, and, after several hours
impatient listening to the cannonadiog,
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 ot
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 was wounded
by a shot from the bushes, but his
wound was not considered serious.
Passing the Night.
During the night there was but liltlo
sleep in the bivouac, ihe 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 nighljhere would have been causes
for wakefulness in the occasional boom
ing of the artillery lrom 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 thern told a pitiful tale
of their garrison life and the scarcity of
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 Battle.
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. W'ith 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 Jong route from Holla
W ith but a few more well directed blows
the whole rebel 'strength 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 be 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
fut 11 re.
.foiive to .YIiirinerH.
OC'KACKE I li.13 I NTATION, nenr
the entrance to Ocracocke Inlet N. C, aud
about :lj Naotieal miles to the Southward or
We.-: nam of Cope Hatreras, has been refitted.
The height '!' the Tower from Imse to fcienl
plane i feet, and above ijea level 7.'i feet ; it is
conical in form, color white, fcuiuiouuted by a lan
tevn color red.
Tbe apparatus is a fourth order Fraanel ; arc of
the horizon illuminated U7H de&;.
Tlie ligbl in a lixi-d white, pecoadary Boa-caaat
and harb t ; it will be exhibited for tbe ftrst time,
on the nij;ht of the ."ith of November, and every
uiht thereafter, and it can he een 15 miles.
I.euitude 35 tie)?, oft nun. 31 sec. H. tjvngitnde 75
deg. 58 iniu. -S see. W.
11 older ol the Light Qonse Board,
J. P. SMITH, Lt. IIo. Eng.
Koticc to .llariiic-rs.
rpHE TrilfOHAUV LIGHT, fonnrrly
1 in ue at ti aDoke M.i.slrfcs Litflit House, S C,
has been removed, aud a fourth order Fre.-uel Ap
paratus h:is been re laced.
Arc of the Horizon illuminated v70 d -p. The
bgbt is fixed white, and will be exhibited on the
nihttf the l.'.h November, and every night thete
after, ti.d it aau be seen eleven mites.
liv order of the Iiichl House Hf.s:d.
J. 1". SMI1U, Li. Uoace ElS.