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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
f the Carondelet, where the iron plates did not cover them, were protected by bales of hay, lashed firmly together. She was cast loose at ten o'clock, and very soon afterward the furious thunder-storm commenced. The thunder above and the artillery below kept up a continual and fearful roar. The vessel was about half an hour passing the batteries, and in that time forty-seven shot were fired at her, but not one touched her.--Statement of Captain Walke to the author. She was received at New Madrid with the wildest demonstrations of delight, the soldiers catching up in their arms the sailors who rowed Walke's gig ashore, and passing The Carondelet. them from one to another. The Carondelet was the first vessel that ran the Confederate blockade on the Mississippi River; and her brave commander and his men received the special thanks of the Secretary of the Navy, April 12, 1862. for his courageous and important act. On the following morning, April 4. the Benton, Cincinnati, and Pitt