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[154] to take up two other regiments at Key West, and one at Fort Pickens. The voyage was long and tedious, and it was only after being one month at sea that he landed at Ship Island, where he found himself at the head of thirteen thousand seven hundred men.

Farragut had long been waiting for him, and had availed himself of this delay to organize his forces, and prepare them for the difficult enterprise which had been entrusted to them. His squadron consisted of the frigate Colorado, forty-eight guns; the sloop-of-war Brooklyn, twenty-four guns, which had been blockading the Mississippi for some time; the sloop-of-war Iroquois, nine guns, brought back from the West Indies; of the following ships, recently fitted out in the arsenals of the North: the Hartford, which we have just mentioned, twenty-four guns; the Richmond, twenty-six guns; the Pensacola, twenty-four guns; the Mississippi, twelve guns; the Oneida, nine guns; the sailing sloop-of-war Portsmouth, seventeen guns; and ten gun-boats: the Varuna, twelve guns; the Cayuga, six guns; the Winona, the Katahdin, the Itasca, the Kineo, the Wissahickon, the Pinola, the Kennebeck, the Scioto, four guns each. These gun-boats were all merchant-vessels of small tonnage, which the Navy Department had purchased and converted into war-ships for the occasion. Farragut had, moreover, several other war-vessels of a new description, which we shall find playing an important part in the various battles of which the Mississippi is to be the theatre. There were twenty sailing-brigs, each carrying a mortar, which had been fitted out at the Brooklyn arsenal. These vessels, of light draught, registered from two to three hundred tons; their entire centre, from keel to deck, was occupied by massive timberwork supporting a solid platform, in the centre of which was a turning-table containing the mortar. This mortar weighed eight tons and a half, and could throw bombshells fifteen inches in diameter. Several tugs were attached to the service of this flotilla, which was commanded by an intelligent and energetic officer, Captain David Porter. Farragut's fleet consisted of forty-six vessels in all, carrying three hundred guns or mortars, but not a single armored vessel.

It was precisely at the moment, when the immense superiority

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