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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
in a few seconds, carrying down with her commander Craven and nearly all of his officers and crew. Only seventeen, of one hundred and thirty, were saved. the Brooklyn recoiled at the appalling apparition before her, when Farragut ordered Captain Drayton to push on the Hartford, unmindful of torpedoes and every thing else, and directed the rest of the vessels to follow. But no more mines were met. The storm of grape-shot which the ships poured upon the Fort, imposed almost absolute silence at about the same time the Manhattan, approaching the same point, sent a solid 15-inch bolt that demolished its stearing-gear, and broke square through the iron plating of its hull, and the thick wood-work behind it. Meanwhile, Farragut ordered Drayton to strike the ram another blow with the Hartford, and he was about to do so, when the crippled Lackawanna, in making another attempt to bruise the foe, came in collision with the flag-ship, and damaged her severely. Both vessels then drew off,