The names of the monitors and their respective commanders were as follows: Weehawken, Captain John Rodgers; Passaic, Captain Percival Drayton; Montauk, Commander John L. Worden; P noon the next day,
April 7, 1863 when it advanced in a prescribed manner of line ahead, the Weehawken, Captain Rodgers, leading, the others following in the order named in note 3, page 192. The shem — a silence which created the most painful forebodings and suspense — was explained.
The Weehawken, its bow furnished with a contrivance for exploding torpedoes and removing obstructions, went of the tide.
The other vessels were drawing nearer and nearer, their people wondering why the Weehawken hesitated, when suddenly the silence was broken, as the heavy barbette guns of Fort Sumter pout was well that he was stopped, for had he gone into the open way through one of the rows, the Weehawken would doubtless have been blown to atoms by the monster torpedo just mentioned.
wo hundred dead and wounded, including two colonels — McElroy, of the Thirteenth Mississippi, and Thomas, of the Sixteenth Georgia--killed.
In this terrible ditch, says a Confederate historian, the dead were piled eight or ten feet deep.
In comparatively an instant of time we lost 700 men, in killed, wounded, and prisoners.
Never, excepting at Gettysburg, was there in the history of the war a disaster adorned with the glory of such devoted courage, as Longstreet's repulse at Knoxville. --Pollard's Third Year of the War, 168. The National loss in the fort was only eight killed and seven wounded. Pollard says: The Yankees lost not more than twenty men killed and wounded.
The entire Union loss in the assault was about one hundred. Longstreet had promised his soldiers that they should dine in Knoxville that day; but they were otherwise engaged, in burying their dead outside of its defenses, by permission of General Burnside, who lent them ambulances to remove the bodies of their comra