The crew of the Atlanta arrived in Savannah — their narrative.
On Wednesday morning 71 men of the crew of the C. S. iron-clad steamer Atlanta
, captured by the U. S. iron-turreted monitor Weehawken
, Captain John Rodgers
, in Warsaw Sound
, on the morning of June 17, arrived in Savannah
Mr. George W. Hardcastle
, the carpenter's mate, furnishes the Republican
with the following particulars of the engagement with the Weehawken
The attack commenced at five minutes before 5 o'clock A. M., there lying in Warsaw Sound
the iron-clad monitors Weehawken
, and the side-wheel steamer Cimmeron
was attacked first.
The shot was fired by the Atlanta
from her bow pivot gun, followed immediately after by a second.
then replied with a 15-inch solid shot which struck the Atlanta
on the starboard side, three feet aft of the pilot-house, driving in the iron plates, shattering the wood work on the inside of the casement, and wounding 18 men--one of whom (Barrett
) died in about two hours from the effects of his injuries.
The shot did not enter the casemate; it passed over the spar deck.
The starboard broadside gun was immediately fired; the Weehawken
replied, and her shot struck us on the knuckle, four feet aft of the starboard broadside gun, doing no injury.
The bow gun of the Atlanta
was now fired for the third time, and the Weehawken
threw her third shot, which struck us in our port just as the men had the gun loaded and were in the act of raising the port cover, which was broken into pieces.
At this moment the Weehawken
fired another shot, which struck the pilot-house, demolishing it and wounding two of the pilote, (Austin
.) Our pivot gun aft was fired from the starboard side.
, seeing that his ship was disable by being aground, and her guns unable to bear, ordered her colors to be hauled down and a white flag to be run up. At this time the Weehawken
fired another shot, but it did not take effect.
jumped on the spar deck and hailed the Weehawken
, saying "I surrender." Capt. Rodgers
, of the Weehawken
, stated to Capt. Webb
that he would not have fired on the Atlanta
after the flag was hauled down, but from the fact that he could not make out what our flag was. It was white, and they took it for blue
, on account of the smoke.
The ship, at the time of the surrender, was in an awful condition.
Outside no injury was visible, except a deep indentation the size of a man's hat, inside, the woodwork was driven off from the iron plates to the diameter of eight or ten feet, and the gun deck piled up with the rubbish.
The wounded were lying on all sides.
It was impossible to get the men from their guns to look after them, until Capt. Webb
said to his men, "I have given up the ship." The fight lasted about 30 minutes. The crew speak in the highest terms of Capt. Webb
, and they are ready to fight under him again.
After the surrender, 58 men were put aboard the Cimmeron steamer and handenfied in couples.
They were subsequently taken to Port Royal
The officers and remainder of the men were sent forward on another steamer.
At Port Royal
they were placed on board the U. S. ship Vermont
, from which they were afterwards transferred to the James Adger
and sent to Fortress Monroe
Here the crew were put on board the flag of truce boat for City Point
, the officers remaining on the Adger.
On board the Vermont Mr. Hardcastle
found Sergeant Dillon
and Mr. Edmondston
, of the 634 Georgia
regiment, prisoners of war; also 13 men of a South Carolina cavalry company.
were exchanged with the crew of the Atlanta
, and have been detailed by the War Department for service in Virginia
reported to Mr. Hardcastle
that on board of the Vermont
be heard a man named Rose make a bargain and sale of the sloop Evening Star.
This sloop sailed from Savannah
some two months ago with a cargo of cotton, bound for Nassau
, but went to Port Royal
The Savannah News
was on the outside of his ship during the battle, and exposed himself very much.
The crew were all in good spirits, and entertained the hope of a successful contest.
Upon nearing the Weehawken Capt. Webb
asked the pilots if there was water enough for the Atlanta
to make a dash at her. He was informed that there was, and he then ordered all steam up, in order to run into her and blow her up with his torpedo.
In a few moments after she had got under full steam she brought to upon a sand bank and careened over, which rendered her guns useless, and placed the Atlanta
at the mercy of her two antagonists at short range.