however, that the little squadron of four vessels, manned by about four hundred and seventy officers and men, managed in the brief period of their engagement to place quite their own number hors du combat on board the eighteen vessels of the enemy.
This is shown by official reports.
Lieutenant Kinney errs in stating that the guns of the Tennessee were of English make, as they were cast in a government foundry at Selma, Ala., under the immediate superintendence of Commander Catesby ap. Rogers Jones.
He also states that the rebels claimed that a shot from one of their heavy guns penetrated the armor of the Tecumseh and caused her to sink.
It has never been questioned by those most conversant with the facts, that she was sunk by a torpedo, but there has always been some doubt as to whether that torpedo was one of those planted by the rebels, or was attached to a spar rigged out from the bow of the Tecumseh, and whose explosion was caused by her coming in contact with a large iron bu