of the top photograph rise the stacks of the Confederate ram Virginia.
Near the middle lie the ruined wheels of the Jamestown. And in the bottom picture, before Fort Darling appears the wreck of the Patrick Henry. All these were vessels of Commodore Mitchell's command that had so long made every effort to break the bonds forged about them by a more powerful force, afloat and ashore.
The previous night Lincoln, as Admiral Porter's guest on the deck of the Malvern had listened to the sound of thorter at once telegraphed to his fleet-captain to open upon the forts; then 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) Dr