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[45] the attack on Fort Fisher under General Terry, Jan. 15, 1865, Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge had charge of one of the three divisions of seamen. Assistant Surgeon Longshaw was killed in this assault. In the naval attack on Mobile Station, March 27, 1865, Lieut.-Com. W. W. Low commanded the Octarora. All these were Massachusetts officers by birth or appointment; but the whole number of such officers who did their duty can be found only in the lists in the second volume of this work, and the vast multitude of Massachusetts sailors cannot be preserved by name, even there.

There occurred under a Massachusetts officer, on April 11, 1864, one of the most curious contests in war history, the assault of twenty-five hundred infantry upon a gunboat aground. After the repulse of Banks at Sabine Cross Roads, La., April 8, the naval fleet and transports had to be withdrawn, their rear being brought up by a light-draught monitor, the Osage, commanded by Captain (now admiral) Selfridge, a Massachusetts officer. The vessel grounding on a point, with a transport, the Black Hawk, made fast to her, Selfridge presently received a report of a large force of troops issuing from the woods. They were taken at first for Union soldiers, being largely dressed in blue (captured) overcoats. Selfridge at once ordered the crew of the Black Hawk on board the monitor; and there ensued an hour's fight of the most curious description. Regiment after regiment of the enemy would march up, deliver its fire and then yield place to another. On the other hand, Selfridge would load his two eleven-inch guns with canister, and discharge them just as the enemy was about to fire. This fire from the gunboat was most destructive, but the enemy seemed to know no fear. The troops were Texas regiments, commanded by General Green of Texas, who was conspicuous, mounted on a white horse, and seemed to have the absolute confidence of the men. Presently he fell, and soon after the firing suddenly ceased and the troops retired. By this time Captain Selfridge had fired away nearly all his ammunition, and the woodwork of the Black Hawk was so riddled with bullets that the hand could not be placed anywhere without covering a hole. The iron shield of the pilot house of the Osage had sixty marks upon it. No one, however, was killed on the Union side, and only seven were wounded, while the Confederate loss was reported at seven hundred in killed and wounded, many being left on the field. Some of the wounded were taken on board the Osage, and reported that they had been led

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