y working up to their necks in water.
While this was going on, all the forges in the fleet were employed in making long iron bolts to bind the dam together.
Getting the iron off the sides of the vessels to lighten them — a most harassing and difficult job — employed many men. In addition, all the heaviest guns had to be taken on shore.
Thus, while the dam was under construction, the sailors worked night and day; and every four hours a report of progress was made to the Admiral But General Ranks, in his evidence before the Committee, says, when the right wing of the dam broke away, I immediately rode up to the fleet to see if they were prepared to move by daylight in the morning.
It was a couple of miles above the dam. When I got there, there was not a light to be seen, not a man was stirring, not a ship had been lightened [!]. (Army gun-wheels had already taken the guns to the levee in Alexandria, and army wagons had removed all stores and ammunition, and the iron-clads had th