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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2. 2 0 Browse Search
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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 43: operations of the Mississippi squadron, under Admiral Porter, after the Red River expedition. (search)
ldiers, seeing that the sailors needed support, went to their rescue, charged the enemy, and retook the gun. The Petrel and Marmora kept up a rapid fire with shrapnel, until the battle was over, and McElroy was requested by Colonel Coates to cease firing, as the enemy were retreating. McElroy then went on shore, took the howitzer, and pursued the retreating enemy, firing upon their rear until they escaped to the hills. Three sailors highly distinguished themselves in this battle: Bartlett Laffey of the Petrel, and James Stoddard and Wm. J. Franks of the Marmora. These men, though surrounded at their gun, fought hand to hand with their cutlasses to the last, and when the enemy retreated, turned the gun upon them — this, too, after their officer (an acting ensign) had retreated, and behaved so badly that his resignation was afterwards demanded. Here was a great difference between the men and their officer, and it is to be hoped that the former will live to see their names honor