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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., chapter 14.53 (search)
The officers and men were cool enough; but they had not had time to look about them. Everything was in bad working order, and it was difficult to train the guns. ... Commodore Rowan's steamers did not reply to our fire until quite close; and without slackening their speed they passed the fort and fell upon our vessels. They made short work of them. The Seabird was rammed and sunk by the Commodore Perry. The Ellis was captured after a desperate defense, in which her gallant commander, James Cooke, was badly wounded. The schooner Black Warrior was set on fire and abandoned, her crew escaping through the marshes on their side of the river. The Fanny was run on shore and blown up by her commander, who with his crew escaped to the shore. . . . Captain Sims, of the Appomattox, kept up a sharp fire from his bow gun until it was accidentally spiked; and he then had to run for it. He had a howitzer aft which he kept in play; but upon arriving at the mouth of the canal he found his vesse
; by hanging each colter on a separate lever, each lever swinging by an ordinary hinge-joint, and having a movable weight at the outer end to press the colter into the soil to the required depth. After Tull, the machine was much improved by James Cooke, a elergyman, of Lancashire, England; his improvements have been adopted in almost all of the subsequent machines used in English husbandry. Mr. Ransome states:— The seed-box is of a peculiar shape, the hinder part extending lower than tmanure and seeds, being driven by gear at the ends of the boxes in the usual way, thus avoiding all unnecessary complication. Hornsby, of England, was the first to apply indiarubber tubes as grain-spouts in place of the cumbersome tin cups. Cooke's drill and horse-hoe a b (English) is a convertible machine, the seed-hoppers, shares, and grain-conductors being attached when required. When the crop is to be tended, any kind of share or colter is substituted for the seeding apparatus, as, f