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en the air was rent with the sound of great guns up the river.
Soon, rising even louder, came the sound of four great explosions one after another — the blowing up of Commodore Mitchell's vessels.
What Lincoln saw: the last of the undaunted Confederate flotilla--Virginia, Patrick Henry, and Jamestown sunk
Confederate ship Patrick Henry sunk in the James River.
Coal schooners wrecked to block the James--(below) Drewry's bluffs the command to devolve upon General G. W. Smith until June 2d, when President Davis assigned General Lee to the command of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Lee felt that if McClellan could not be driven out of his entrenchments, there was danger that he would move by successive positions, under cover of his heavy guns, to within shelling distance of Richmond; and to prevent this contingency, Jackson was to fall on the Federal right flank to help drive McClellan from his position.
The movement was so skilfully made that the Federal commanders in the