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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
ruck her a blow that stopped her further flight. The Bragg rounded to down the river under a broadside fire, and drifted until her tiller rope, that had got out of order, could be re-adjusted. A few moments after the Bragg struck her blow, the General Sterling Price, First-officer J. E. Harthorne, ran into the same boat aft, a little starboard of her amidships, carrying away her rudder, sternpost and a large piece of her stern. This threw the Cincinnatis' stern towards the Sumter, Captain M. W. Lamb, which struck her running at the utmost speed of his boat. The General Earl Van Dorn, Capt. Folkerson, running according to orders in the rear of the Price and Sumter, directed his attention to the Mound City, at the time throwing broadsides into the Price and Sumter; and, as she proceeded, by skilful shots from her 32-pounder silenced a mortar-boat that was filling the air with its terrible missiles; the Van Dorn still holding on to the Mound City. In the act of striking, the Moun