and the time thus allowed was improved to the utmost in repairing the damage that had been done.’
The casualties in the fort from the 20th to the 31st were 13 killed and 49 wounded.
The admiral states that at his request, on the 21st of September, General Gillmore
had knocked down four or five pieces of ordnance that had been seen on the inner fronts of Sumter
Soon after midnight on the 2d he led in the Weehawken
and anchored 600 yards from Sumter
off the angle between the northeast and southeast fronts.
The fire was maintained by all of the monitors, and the Ironsides
, within good range, joined in the action.
opened a rapid and sustained fire from its extended line, which told with effect, notwithstanding the obscurity of the night, which interfered with accuracy of aim. The fire of the monitors was in some degree directed at the floating obstructions that had been reported from day to day. The vessels were engaged for five hours and fired 245 shots and received in all 71 hits.
The Ironsides fired 50 shots and received 7 hits.
A round shot which struck the base of the Weehawken
's turret drove in a fragment of iron and broke the leg of Fleet-Captain Badger
. ‘He had been with the admiral for eight years, and was one of the best ordnance officers in the navy.
The loss of his services was felt greatly.’
The enemy evacuated Morris Island
on the night preceding the 7th of September.
The previous day a steady cannonade had been maintained against Wagner
from the land batteries and by the Ironsides
, and it was known to the enemy that an assault was intended soon, which in fact was to have been carried out at 9 A. M. At this time General Gillmore
's advanced sap was within forty yards of the salient.
The army occupied Wagner
on the morning of the 7th.
From August 17th, the time the land batteries opened on