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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
board could take care of themselves. In two hours repairs were made, and with the assistance of the Stettin and Flag the Mercedita reached Port Royal. When the Keystone State was attacked, Commander Le Roy gallantly returned the enemy's fire, but the ram lodged a shell in the fore-hold of his vessel, which set the Keystone State on fire and obliged her to shear off till it could be extinguished. By this time the ram Chicora, Commander John R. Tucker, had attacked the Keystone State and Le Roy turned upon the enemy, and putting on full steam ran right for one of the rams at the rate of twelve knots an hour, when a shell from the enemy penetrating both steam-chests rendered the Keystone State powerless. Two rifleshells burst on the quarter-deck, but most of them struck the hull, and there were two feet of water in the hold; but some of the other vessels of the blockading squadron now came to the assistance of the Keystone State and took her in tow. These vessels were the Augusta,
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
k in her sides. Her smoke-stack had been shot away, her steering apparatus was disabled, and several of her port shutters driven in or jammed. Any one could see that the battle was won by the fleet for some time before the Confederate surrendered. But one shot was fired by the ram after the Hartford ran into her, but her crew were game to the last, and took it out in jeering the Yankees. The Ossipee was within a few feet of her, and in another moment would have collided, when the gallant Le Roy (who never laid aside his politeness under any circumstances) saw the white flag fluttering on the Tennessee, and stopped and backed his engines. Confederate ram Tennessee after her surrender to U. S. Squadron, Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. The Tennessee had done well, though she was not fought with the skill expected from Buchanan. The latter was wounded and had his leg so shattered that it had afterwards to be amputated. The Tennessee lost only two or th