Confederate sharpshooters after leaping overboard.
Of the one hundred and seventy-five officers and men, only twenty-five escaped uninjured.
, as the result of his injuries, had to suffer the amputation of his left hand.
The 25th of June saw Farragut
's fleet below Vicksburg
again, and three days later he had demonstrated the fact that he could pass by the batteries.
On July 1st, Flag-Officer Davis
' forces had joined those from the mouth of the Mississippi
, above the city.
As the combined fleets lay anchored along the banks, three or four miles south of where the Yazoo River
debouches into the Mississippi
, news was brought of the completion of an iron-clad ram up the Yazoo
, of which the Confederates
A reconnoitering expedition was sent up to search for her on the 15th of July, composed of the Carondelet, Tyler
, and the ram Queen of the West
. The results, to put it briefly, were astonishing, because the Arkansas
, for this was the name of the giant ram, not only met them and drove the little squadron down the stream, but passed through the whole fleet lying in the Mississippi
, entirely unaware of her coming, every vessel being at anchor, and only one, the captured General Bragg
, having steam up. Having successfully run the gantlet, much to the mortification of both Farragut
, and to the great glory and honor of her commander, Isaac N. Brown
, formerly of the United States navy, the Arkansas
took refuge under the Vicksburg
In order to retrieve the error of having been caught napping, Farragut
determined to follow the Arkansas
and destroy her if possible.
Immediately all of his vessels were ordered to get up their anchors, and with the ram Sumter
in company, she having been detached by Flag-Officer Davis
, the fleet steamed down the river.
It was so dark when they passed the city that the Arkansas
could not be made out with any distinctness; but one shot struck her. In thus running the batteries for the fourth time, Farragut
lost five killed and sixteen wounded. Never again were any of his ships to appear above Vicksburg