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Matanzas, Cuba, about 90 miles east of Havana. It was here, on May 11, 1898, that the Wilmington, a United States gunboat, engaged the fortifications and Spanish gunboats, and rescued the Hudson and Winslow, which had steamed within range of a masked battery. Three Spanish gunboats which lay under the fortifications had been challenged by the torpedo-boat Winslow and other United States vessels, but they refused to leave the protection of the batteries. When the Wilmington arrived and found the range at 2,500 yards, the Hudson and Winslow steamed into the inner harbor to attack the Spanish vessels. They did not, however, suspect that there was a strong battery near the water's edge until a sudden fire was opened upon them. The first shot crippled the steering-gear of the Winslow, and another wrecked her boiler, wounding her commander, Lieut. John B. Bernadon, and killing Ensign worth Bagley (q. v.) and four men. During this action the Wilmington sailed within 1,800 yards of the shore, till she almost touched bottom, and after sending 376 shells into the batteries and the town silenced the Spanish fire. In the mean time, amid a storm of shots, the Hudson ran alongside of the Winslow, and drew her out of danger.
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