army on the left.
About 4 P. M. the Merrimac
moved a little nearer and fired at the Union steamer Naugatuck
, but burst a gun and fell back disabled.
The regular battery fired a few shot at her but fell short two miles. The right section of our battery fired at an elevation of 30° by sinking the trail in the ground, the first shot bursting just on the other side of the Merrimac
—a distance of four and one-half miles. We received much praise for our gunnery.’
Diary, W. G. Hidden
‘The next day we trained a gun on Sewall's Point
and fired a shell.
It went so close to the far-away beach that Captain Nims
said “Give her a little more elevation.”
We dug the hole a little deeper, put her muzzle a little higher and the captain's next shell landed plumb on the point.
That was five miles away.’
To quote again from Captain Russell
: ‘Our stay in the vicinity of Fort Monroe
was about seven weeks. During that time we had seen much and done little so that when the old ship DeWitt Clinton
reported as ready to bear us to the Southland for more active service we were all glad.
But the loading of all our horses on the ship and placing them in stalls below deck was no small job. Then came the guns and carriages, ammunition, forges, etc. But at last all was ready and as we sailed past the capes and the old ship headed southward we felt that at last we were off for the place awaiting us where we could do something for the integrity of our country and its flag.
Our voyage was a pleasant one, no sickness of a serious character, the men cheerful and spending much time in making souvenirs of the voyage out of anything at hand.
One thing did occur which made a lasting impression on the minds of those who witnessed it. Our ship was to report at Ship Island
for further orders.
After we had rounded Cape Florida
one night, with our good ship under full sail and a free wind, the cry came from the lookout, “Rocks ahead.”
All of us who were on deck and those who could quickly reach it saw on each side of the bow of the ’