|The “tin-clad” piloted by an Admiral: the “Cricket” --Porter's flagship on the return After capturing single-handed two Confederate steamers on the White River, this little fourth-rate vessel took an active part in the bombardment of Vicksburg under command of Acting Master A. R. Langthorne. On the Red River expedition came her great opportunity for distinction. She was chosen by Admiral Porter as his flagship for the return, as the falling water made it necessary to send the heavier vessels ahead with all speed. Porter with the “Cricket,” “Fort Hindman,” and “Juliet” remained behind to assist Lieutenant-Commander Phelps in his efforts to save the unlucky “Eastport.” After getting the injured vessel about fifty miles down the river from Grand Ecore, the tin-clads were compelled to abandon her, since the river banks were now swarming with hostile forces bent on the capture of the entire squadron. About twenty miles below the wreck of the “Eastport,” a Confederate battery had been planted and opened on the “tin-clads.” The other vessels retreated up-stream, but Porter on the “Cricket” forced his way through. It was all over in five minutes, but in that time the frail vessel was struck 38 times, and 19 shells pierced her. The pilot was wounded and Admiral Porter with great coolness and skill seized the wheel and saved the vessel. So furious was the fight while it lasted that out of the “Cricket's” crew of 50, twelve were killed and nineteen wounded.|
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