Every charge you fire from one of those guns cost the government about eight dollars. If your shots fall short you encourage the enemy.
If they reach home you demoralize him, and get the worth of your money.
After commending all to the care of Divine Providence he left us, and repaired on board the Cincinnati, which was his flag ship at that time.
During the night of the 5th, or morning of the
Rear Admiral R. N. Stembel, commander of the Cincinnati.
(from a portrait taken in 1883.)
6th, a heavy rain fell, which very much retarded the movements of the army, and made the roads so heavy that they did not succeed in reaching the scene of action until after the fort had surrendered.
The naval forces, after waiting until 11 o'clock A. M., got under way and steamed up the river.
Arriving at the island chute, the line of battle was formed, the Essex on the extreme right, the Cincinnati, with Flag-officer Foote on board, on our left, the Carondelet on her left, and the