And the people furnished large quantities of old brass—andirons, candlesticks, gasfixtures, and even door-knobs.
These were all sent to New Orleans to be used in cannon foundries.
There they were found by General Butler, sent to Boston, and sold at auction.
Beauregard had thoroughly fortified the island, and, after the capture of New Madrid, it became an object of great interest to both parties, for it was besieged by the Nationals.
For this purpose Commodore Foote left Cairo, March 14, 1862, with a powerful fleet of gun and mortar-boats.
There were seven of the former iron-clad and one not armored, and ten of the latter.
On the night of the 15th Foote was at Island Number10, and the next morning (Sunday) he began the siege with a bombardment by the rifled cannon of his flag-ship, the Boston.
This was followed by the mortar-boats, moored at proper points along the river shore, from which tons of iron were hurled upon the island and the batteries on the Kentucky bank oppos