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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 22: the War on the Potomac and in Western Virginia. (search)
posed position, the Lieutenant swam out to the nearest one, carrying on his back a soldier (and his musket) who could not swim. Only one man of the party who landed was injured; but a sad event James Harman Ward. occurred on the deck of the Freeborn. The gunner was wounded in the thigh, when Captain Ward took charge of the piece. While sighting it, a well-aimed Minie ball came from the shore and mortally wounded him by entering the abdomen. As he fell he was caught by one arm of Harry Churchill, the boatswain's mate, who used his other hand with the string to fire the well-aimed cannon, whose round shot struck plump among the insurgents. Ward lived only forty-five minutes. The ball had passed through the intestines and liver. His was the only life sacrificed on the occasion, on the Union side. Captain Ward was the first naval officer who was killed in the war. His body was taken to the Washington Navy Yard, and thence to New York, where, on the deck of the North Carolina,
ering it to be loaded with a round shot. He had got the sight, and was about to withdraw and give the word to fire, when he was struck by a bullet, saying to Harry Churchill, the boatswain's mate, "Churchill, I am killed." He fell into one of his arms, while Churchill pulled the string with the other, throwing the shot clear amongChurchill, I am killed." He fell into one of his arms, while Churchill pulled the string with the other, throwing the shot clear among the enemy. A five-second shell and two rounds of grape were then fired from the bow gun, while the after gun fired about the same quantity. "Slip the cable and start her," was now Lieut. Lee's order, on assuming the command. It was done, and soon the Freeborn and all the boats were out of the range of the deadly rifles and Churchill pulled the string with the other, throwing the shot clear among the enemy. A five-second shell and two rounds of grape were then fired from the bow gun, while the after gun fired about the same quantity. "Slip the cable and start her," was now Lieut. Lee's order, on assuming the command. It was done, and soon the Freeborn and all the boats were out of the range of the deadly rifles and muskets. The Pawnee was now ordered alongside, and Dr. J. A. Moore, our surgeon, who had been sent on board of her in the morning, came on board the Freeborn, accompanied by Mr. Frederick Ward, the Captain's second son. Dr. Moore immediately pronounced the wound mortal. The ball had entered the umbilicus, and came out on the r