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pid headway, they did wonderfully well considering the difficulties.
They all had to be carefully handled with hawsers around the bends, for the Yazoo Pass, following the example of the mother Mississippi, was as crooked as a ram's horn.
On the second day, the vessels were so torn to pieces that no more harm could be done to them — they had hulls and engines left and that had to suffice.
The officers and men performed a great deal of manual
U. S. Naval hospital boat Red Rover passing Randolph near Fulton, Tenn. (from a sketch by Rear-Admiral Walke.) labor, but no one found fault, and their jolly songs echoed turough the woods as they worked, frightening the birds out of their quiet retreats, where they had rested undisturbed for a quarter of a century.
The men were rewarded after four days of terrible labor by getting forty miles on their journey through such obstructions as they had never dreamed of. At last they arrived at the Tallahatchie (a clear and swift running river),