on, but the Hartford's
anchor acted as a fender, and with their port sides touching, the two vessels scraped by each other.
The solid 9-inch shot from the Federal
flagship bounded off the Tennessee's
sloping sides; she attempted to fire her broadside battery in turn, but her primers failed, and only one shot pierced the Hartford's
side, exploding on the berth-deck, wounding an officer and killing several men.
In attempting to make a quick turn, with the object of again ramming, the Hartford
came into collision with the Lackawanna;
it was a narrow escape, for almost under the spot where Farragut
was standing, the flagship was cut down within two feet of the water-line.
But now the monitors came up. From this minute on to the time that the Tennessee
hauled down her flag, she never fired a shot and was literally hammered into submission.
Even after the flag was lowered, the Ossipee
, that had started another ramming charge and could not stop in time, struck her a slight blow.
At the same moment the commanders of the two vessels recognized each other and passed a friendly hail.
For over an hour the one-sided fight had been maintained.
had lost two killed and nine wounded, and the Union fleet, in passing the forts and in the subsequent actions with the gunboats and the ram, had fifty-two killed and one hundred and seventy wounded. There were ninety-three lost by the sinking of the Tecumseh
Fort Powell had been evacuated on the 5th, and Fort Gaines
did not long survive the catastrophe to Buchanan
The siege was pressed, and the Confederates
, appreciating that resistance was useless, asked for a truce to arrange terms of surrender.
The arrangements were made on the 7th, and the surrender took place on the 8th.
The next day, General Granger
moved his command, reenforced by three new regiments, across the bay, landing at Navy Cove
, four miles from Fort Morgan
, on the bay side of Mobile Point
Each succeeding night slight advances were