APRIL 26TH, 1864: Navy ships escorted Army transports up St. John's River, Florida. This was because of information received about Confederate troops operating near Union-held Fort Gates and threatening St. Augustine.
APRIL 26TH-27TH, 1864: Attempting to reach Alexandria, Union gunboats under Porter fought a running engagement with Confederate troops and artillery along the Red River. Union ships getting ready to blow up the stranded USS Eastport came under heavy attack. The USS Cricket, the admiral's flagship came under especially heavy fire.
Much damage to Union vessels. The USS Fort Hindman was partially disabled and Champion No. 5 was so damaged it was grounded, abandoned and burned.