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deafened with the roar of cannon, the rattle of musketry, the whistling of grape, and the explosion of hand-grenades!
Withdrawing in the barge from the vortex of the fire, we remained near the fort to afford assistance to any disabled comrades, and about 4 o'clock, as day broke, we pulled to the flag-ship to report the results of the assault and determine the extent of our loss.
We found this amounted to 124 killed, wounded, and missing, out of 400 men.
Among the killed was Lieutenant C. H. Bradford of the Marines.
Lieutenant E. P. Williams, Executive of the Powhatan, a brave and dashing officer, and Lieutenants B. H. Porter and S. W. Preston were taken prisoners.
They were all exchanged, and Porter and Preston were killed in the second attack on Fort Fisher.
Preston, Porter, and Forrest — the last of whom died of yellow fever in the West Indies--were close friends, and alike in those qualities that adorn humanity and make heroes of men. Lieutenant F. W. Bunce and Dr. Wheel