100-pounder rifle, using solid shot, first at a distance of one thousand, but soon lessened it to four hundred yards.’
No other mention is made of tile Cotton Plant
having launches in tow, or of that vessel, except by the Miami
, when on picket duty, that the Cotton Plant
, commanding the Hull
, reported his part in the engagement, and states that the Hull
crossed the bows of the Albemarle
and ‘paid out a large seine for the purpose of fouling her propeller, but though encompassing the ram, it did not have the desired effect.’
The batteries, expenditures of ammunition, and casualties of the different vessels engaged will be found in the Appendix.
No accounts whatever are found among the Confederate
archives in Washington
of this engagement, of injuries sustained, or of the purposes for which the Albemarle
and her two consorts went out. Captain Smith
reports the appearance of the vessel again on the 24th of May, near the mouth of the Roanoke River
, with a row-boat dragging for torpedoes.
fired a shell which fell near, and the Albemarle
steamed up the river.
Refugees and others from Plymouth
stated that the plating of the Albemarle
had been much injured, four of the shot had penetrated the armor, and during the engagement the concussion was so great as to put out lights burning in the casemate.
One of the two guns with which the vessel was armed was rendered useless by the muzzle being broken off.
On the night of May 7, 1864, an armor-plated vessel, known as the ram North Carolina
, came out of New Inlet
at the mouth of Wilmington
liver, and exchanged shots with the steamers Mount Vernon, Kansas
, Howqua, Nansemond
, and Britannia.
She did no serious damage to any of the vessels, but put a rifled shell of large size through the smoke-stack