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“Whistling Dick” --the pet of the Confederate gunners This 18-pounder rifle, made at the Tredegar Iron Works at Richmond, was mounted in the Vicksburg water-batteries overlooking the Mississippi. Porter's fleet was exposed to its fire when it passed down the river on the night of April 16, 1863. From the peculiar sound of its missiles speeding through the air it earned the nickname “Whistling Dick.” It was a monster of its time; its fire sunk the Federal gunboat Cincinnati on May 28th. Finally it was disabled and silenced by the Federal batteries from across the river.

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