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The Daily Dispatch: January 2, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Pensacola fight — official report of Colonel Brown. (search)
to one of the houses in Warrington, and shortly afterwards to the church steeple, the church and the whole village being immediately in the rear of some of the rebel batteries, they apparently having placed them purposely directly in front of the largest and most valuable buildings. The fire rapidly communicated to other buildings along the street until probably two-thirds of it was consumed; and about the same time fire was discovered from the back part of the Navy-Yard, probably in Wolcott, a village to the north and immediately adjoining the yard; as Warrington does on the west. Finally it penetrated to the yard, and as it continued to burn brightly all night, I concluded that either in it or in Wolcott many buildings were destroyed. Very heavy damage was also done to the buildings of the yard by the avalanche of shot, shell and splinters showered unceasingly on them for two days, and being nearly fire proof, being built of brick and covered with state, I could not succeed