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[232] for the hour that she dropped, almost helpless, down the stream. The “Genesee,” which was alongside, unable to stem the rapid current of the river, with the massive “Richmond” in tow, bore her back to Prophet's Island. Just as the “Richmond” turned a torpedo exploded under her stern, throwing up the water mast-head high and causing the gallant ship to quiver in every timber.

The “Monongahela” and “Kineo” came next in line of battle. The commander of the “Monongahela,” Captain McKinstry, was struck down early in the conflict. The command then devolved on a gallant young officer, Lieutenant Thomas. He manfully endeavored through all the storm of battle to follow the flag-ship. But in the dense smoke the pilot lost the channel. The ship grounded directly under the fire of one of the principal rebel batteries. For twenty-five minutes she remained in that perilous position, swept by shot and shell. Finally, through the efforts of her consort, the “Kineo,” she was floated, and again heroically commenced steaming up the river. But her enginery soon became so disabled under the relentless fire, that the “Monongahela” was also compelled to drop down with the “Kineo” to the position of the mortar fleet. Her loss was six killed and twenty wounded.

In obedience to the order of Admiral Farragut, the magnificent ship “Mississippi” brought up the rear, with the gunboat “Sachem” as her ally, bound to her larboard side. She had reached the point directly opposite the town, and her officers were congratulating themselves that they had surmounted the greatest dangers, and that they would soon be above the batteries, when the ship, which had just then been put under rapid headway,

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