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Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 9: reduction of Newbern—the Albemarle. (search)
Albemarle had been much injured, four of the shot had penetrated the armor, and during the engagement the concussion was so great as to put out lights burning in the casemate. One of the two guns with which the vessel was armed was rendered useless by the muzzle being broken off. On the night of May 7, 1864, an armor-plated vessel, known as the ram North Carolina, came out of New Inlet at the mouth of Wilmington liver, and exchanged shots with the steamers Mount Vernon, Kansas, Howqua, Nansemond, and Britannia. She did no serious damage to any of the vessels, but put a rifled shell of large size through the smoke-stack of the Howqua at an estimated distance of a mile and a half. She never made her appearance again; her consort, the Raleigh, was found, later on, wrecked below Wilmington, from what cause is unknown. In June Lieutenant William B. Cushing had received permission to attempt the destruction of the Raleigh in Wilmington River. He was then in command of the Montice
by the Colorado, Wabash, Susquehanna, Powhatan, Juniata, Shenandoah, Ticonderoga, Vanderbilt, Mackinaw, and Tuscarora, eleven heavy vessels. The Santiago de Cuba led the third line, followed in order by the Fort Jackson, Osceola, Sassacus, Chippewa, Cuyler, Maratanza, Rhode Island, Monticello, Alabama, Montgomery, and Iosco, twelve vessels. The Vance led the reserve division, followed in order by the Britannia, Tristram Shandy, Lillian, Fort Donelson, Wilderness, Aries, Buckingham, Nansemond, Little Ada, Eolus, and Republic, the two last being despatch boats, twelve vessels. The lines above form a total of forty-eight vessels, the ironclads, not yet mentioned, being five in number. The reader will bear in mind the very effective broadside battery of the Ironsides (seven Xi-inch shell-guns and one Viii-inch rifle), and that the Monadnock with her two turrets was equivalent in force to two monitors such as the Canonicus, Saugus, and Mahopac, of more recent construction than
211, 218, 228 Morley, Captain M. B., 179 Morris Island, 117, 122, 125, 128, 130, 134 et seq., 141, 145, 156 Morse, the, 177, 183 et seq., 186, 189 Morton, the, Confederate steamer, captured, 70 Mount Vernon, the, 175, 210 et seq., 218 Mullan, Assistant Engineer, 218, 221 Murdaugh, Lieutenant, 170 Murray, Lieutenant-Commanding A., 177 et seq., 185, 187, 189 Mystic, the, U. S. steamer, 7 N. Nahant, the, 87 et seq., 92, 97 et seq., 117, 125, 127, 131 Nansemond, the, 210, 229 Nantucket, the, 90, 92, 96, 128 et seq. Nashville, the, Confederate vessel, destruction of, 85 et seq., 121 Naval attack, plan of, 232 Negroes, rejoicing at Beaufort, 34 et seq.; desolation of, at Hutchinson's Island, 37 et seq.; as spies, 43 Nereus, the, 228 Newbern, 189 et seq. Newbury, Taylor C., 80 New Hampshire, regiment of: Fourth, 46, 59 New Ironsides, the, U. S. vessel, 83, 91 et seq., 96, 100, 104 et seq., 109 et seq. 116, 127 et seq.