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The navy helps on land a view within Federal Battery no. 10. one of the investing works before Port Hudson. Farragut's fleet of gunboats and mortar-boats assisted materially from the River above and below Port Hudson. Guns were also taken ashore from the gunboats and placed in position to assist in the bombardment which quickly laid the little hamlet of Port Hudson in ruins. This Battery was situated on a wooded height about a mile to the east of the town; its 9-inch Dahlgren guns were kept warm hurling shells at the Confederate fortifications throughout the siege. Lieutenant Terry, of the “Richmond,” was in command of this Battery with a detachment from his vessel, which in the effort to run past Port Hudson in March had received a shot in her safety-valves, rendering her engines useless and forcing her to turn back. The “Richmond” mounted twenty such guns as are seen in the picture, besides two heavy rifles.

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