led guns of the St. Louis exploded, killing and wounding several of the gunners,--another proof of the truth of the saying that the guns furnished the Western flotilla were less destructive to the enemy than to ourselves.
From March 17th to April 4th but little progress was made in the reduction of the Confederate works — the gun-boats firing a few shot now and then at long range, but doing little damage.
The mortar-boats, however, were daily throwing 13-inch bombs, and so effectively at td as perilous and of very doubtful success.
Having received written orders from the flag-officer, under date of March 30th, I at once began to prepare the Carondelet for the ordeal.
All the loose material at hand was collected, and on the 4th of April the decks were covered with it, to protect them against plunging shot.
Hawsers and chain cables were placed around the pilot-house and other vulnerable parts of the vessel, and every precaution was adopted to prevent disaster.
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