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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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ne hundred and fifty,) which caused a confusion with the greater part of the launch's crew. Mr. Pierson gave orders to turn the launch so the howitzer would come to bear on the enemy, using profane words to the crew. When the second volley was fired, wounding Mr. Pierson and three men, Mr. Pierson then said, I am gone; you must get out the best way you can, giving the order to strike the flag. I then made answer: That cannot be done. The coxswain, Thomas McCarty, and quartermaster, Julius Bartlet, repeated the answer: No, no. By this time we were out of musket-range, with the exception of those who ran down the bank and kept up a brisk fire until we were out of range. The muskets in the boat were discharged at the enemy by those who did not man the oars. We then proceeded down the creek to the United States gunboat Shokokon, having our wounded put on board and cared for. At five P. M. reported on board. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant, James Jarvis, Acting Mast