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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
tanding fearlessly on. as if conscious that he was more than a match for the Federals. And now commenced one of the most remarkable combats known throughout the war — in fact, one of the fiercest naval battles on record. The Monongahela, Commander Strong, was the first vessel that had the honor of striking the Tennessee, which she did squarely and fairly, with a good head of steam; but the only result was that the ramming vessel carried away her cast-iron prow, together with the cut-water, wThe officers and crew of the Kennebec performed their duties gallantly under the enemy's fire. When lashed alongside the Monongahela I sent Acting-Ensign J. D. Ellis, in charge of a gun's crew, to work a gun there, under the observation of Captain Strong, where he acted nobly. I beg leave to call your attention to the good conduct of Acting-Ensign H. E. Tinkham, who, when seriously wounded by the explosion of a shell from the rebel ram Tennessee,and when the vessel was supposed to be on fi