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Official. This praise was a source of much pride to every member of these regiments. On the afternoon of July 31, the camp was startled by artillery firing in the direction of the landing, over the camp near the river. Orders were at once received to make ready to move. Considerable concern was manifested, as the base of supplies was there and some thought a rebel gunboat or a second Merrimack had some down to destroy the Union fleet. In a short time, however, the firing ceased, the men broke ranks and the artillery, which had harnessed up and moved to the landing, returned. It was then learned that the rebels had planted a battery of 43 guns at Coggins Point on a commanding hill and opened fire on the hospital and the shipping, despite the
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