MAY 16TH, 1864: Ships of the Mississippi Squadron were constantly occupied with protecting river transportation from Confederate attack. This day the side-wheeler USS General price engaged a Southern battery which had opened fire on the transport steamer Mississippi near Ratliff's Landing. Miss..
It was joined by the USS Lafayette and General Bragg and they forced the battery back from the river enabling the Mississippi to proceed,
Also, a landing party from the USS Stockdale was fired upon by Confederate cavalry at the mouth of the Tchefuncta River in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. They forced the Confederates to with draw, but had two officers captured and one killed.