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[131] and one of her sister-ships, the “Canonicus,” gave her name to the class. The most famous of the nine was the “Tecumseh.” Her bold commander, T. A. N. Craven, in an effort to grapple with the Confederate ram “Tennessee” in Mobile Bay, ran through the line of torpedoes and lost his ship, which had fired the first two guns in Farragut's brilliant battle. Ericsson did not approve of the principle of the double-turreted monitor. In the “Saugus” is well exemplified his principle of mounting guns in such a manner that they could be brought to bear in any direction. This object was defeated somewhat in the double-turreted type, since each turret masked a considerable angle of fire of the other. The “Saugus,” together with the “Tecumseh” and “Canonicus” and the “Onondaga,” served in the six-hour action with Battery Dantzler and the Confederate vessels in the James River, June 21, 1864. Again on August 13th she locked horns with the Confederate fleet at Dutch Gap. She was actively engaged on the James and the Appomattox and took part in the fall of Fort Fisher, the event that marked the beginning of the last year of the war.

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