Number of shots and shells which struck the ship in various places, twenty-eight.
Extract from log-book.
Moderate breeze from the westward.
Weather bc. At ten, inspected crew at quarters.
At twenty-minutes past ten, discovered the Alabama
steaming out from the port of Cherbourg
, accompanied by a French iron-clad steamer, and a fore-and-aft rigged steamer, showing the white English ensign and a yacht-flag.
Beat to general quarters, and cleared the ship for action.
Steamed ahead, standing off shore.
At fifty minutes past ten, being distant from the land about two leagues, altered our course and approached the Alabama
At fifty-seven minutes past ten, the Alabama
commenced the action with her starboard broadside at one thousand yards range.
At eleven, we returned her fire and came fairly into action, which we continued until meridian, when, observing signs of distress in the enemy, together with a cessation of her fire, our fire was withheld.
At ten minues past twelve, a boat with an officer from the Alabama
came alongside and surrendered his vessel, with the information that she was rapidly sinking, and a request for assistance.
Sent the launch and second cutter, the other boats being disabled by the fire of the enemy.
The English yacht, before mentioned, coming within hail, was requested by the captain to render assistance in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the surrendered vessel.
At twenty-four minutes past twelve, the Alabama
went down in forty fathoms water, leaving most of her crew struggling in the water.
Seventy persons were rescued by the boats.
Two pilot-boats and the yacht also assisted.
One pilot-boat came alongside of us, but the other returned to the port.
The English yacht steamed rapidly away to the northward, without reporting the number of our prisoners she had picked up. Hoisted up our boats and three of the enemy's cutters.
Repaired the rigging temporarily.
Took a French pilot, and steamed away to Cherbourg
At ten minutes past three, let go the port-anchor in seven fathoms water, and veered to thirty fathoms chain.
Conduct of the Deerhound.