he greatest coolness, and the officers and men sat down to their meals as if nothing was going on — shells bursting in the air and falling alongside, and shot and rifle-shell crashing through the woods and tearing up trees by the roots.
On the fifth day, the fire from the forts on the head of the first division was very rapid and troublesome.
One hundred and twenty-five shots fell close to the vessels in one hour and thirty minutes, without, however, doing them any damage beyond hitting the Para, the headmost vessel, and cutting up the rigging and masts.
The fire of the enemy had been attracted to the mastheads of one of the large ships which had been moved up, and which they could see over the woods.
I deemed it prudent to move three of them two or three lengths, much to the annoyance of the officers, who seemed indisposed to yield an inch.
Still, my duty was to look out for the vessels and not have them destroyed.
The Norfolk Packet got a piece of a shell through her decks, and