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This breastwork connects an elegant redoubt of considerable magnitude, and another breastwork of the same description connects another redoubt beyond, still further to the left. On this redoubt there had been mounted a number of columbiads and Dahlgren naval guns, with one siege howitzer. It is now occupied by the Fortieth New-York regiment, whose banners are streaming from the walls. In front of these works there is an immense area of open ground which is completely commanded by their guns.t at midnight. A rear-guard was left, which at last retired in the greatest haste. The first gun on this large work, mounted on the left, looking towards the river, was an eight-inch columbiad, and next in their order were mounted a nine-inch Dahlgren, a ten-inch columbiad, three nine-inch Dalhgren guns. Directly underneath, in the water-battery, there were four eight-inch columbiads and an old forty-two-pound carronade. On the large work above, besides these I have already mentioned, there
s, and cannot particularize individual instances of good conduct. As a general thing, the troops bore their fatigue and hardships with cheerfulness. Great credit is due to Brigadier-Generals Cooper and Slough, commanding the First and Second brigades respectively, for their untiring exertions during the five days and nights' siege. Also, to Col. D. S. Miles, commanding the railroad brigade, and his aids, Lieuts. Binney and Reynolds, as well as to my own personal staff, Capt. George Merrill, Assistant Adjutant-General; Capt. J. C. Anderson and U. Dahlgren, additional aids-decamp; Major George W. Bruin, volunteer aid, and Mr. Thorndyke, of the Eighth Missouri regiment, who volunteered his services on this occasion. Lieut. Daniels, with his naval battery of Dahlgren guns on Maryland Heights, two thousand feet above the level of the sea, did splendid service throughout the entire siege. Very respectfully, your obed't serv't, R. Saxton, Brigadier-General United States Volunteers.
ave been used without stint. I cannot give your readers a better idea of the armament of the Fort than by making the following transcript from my memorandum — book. Passing along the line of water-batteries, about half a mile in extent, beginning at the upper end, I made the annexed entry: 1 128-pounder, rifled, casemated. 1 heavy 10-inch gun. 1 8-inch Parrott. 1 24-pounder, dismounted. 1 32-pounder, burst. 1 24-pounder, burst. 1 32-pounder, burst. 1 64-pounder, (Dahlgren,) burst. 1 32-pounder, dismounted. 1 heavy 8-inch columbiad, burst. 1 heavy 10-inch columbiad, burst. 1 13-inch mortar, burst. 1 128-pounder, dismounted. On the bluff but eight guns and two mortars had been mounted, of which six only remained, as follows: 2 32-pounders, dismounted. 1 64-pounder, (rifled,) burst. 1 10-inch Parrott, dismounted. 2 10-inch mortars, spiked. All these guns, except the mortars, had been heavily loaded, and fires were built around t
from our view. 4.20 P. M.--The tug Spitfire, a little, wee craft tender, seventy-five feet long, with a twelve-pound Dahlgren howitzer on her bow, under Lieutenant Bishop, Pilot Bixby, and a boat's crew, starts after her. The race is exciting, ofof forty-two pounds, (rifled,) heavy shot, weighing eighty-four pounds. Gunner, N. B. Willets. No. 2--Seven nine-inch Dahlgren shells. Gunner, P. Dwyer. The third shot from this gun cut the head out of the steam-drum of the Little Rebel. No. 3--Five rounds of nine-inch Dahlgren shell. Gunners, Lieut. Bishop and William Martin, gun captain. No. 4--Fourteen rounds of forty-two-pounders, rifled. Edward C. Brennan, gun captain. No. 5 (port gun)--One shot, a forty-two-pounder, rifled. after-gun)--Nine rounds, fifty-pounders, rifled, by Lieut. Joshua Bishop, U. S.N. No. 6--Two rounds, fifty-pounders, Dahlgren, rifled, by same. We have not yet found time to visit the other gunboats, and ascertain correctly the number or effec