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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)
projectiles respectively weighing 110 and 95 pounds. She was propelled by two powerful engines. one of the most formidable of that class of war-vessels; and she was accompanied by three ordinary gun-boats, named, respectively, Selma, Morgan, and Gaines. such were the defenses of the harbor of Mobile, at its entrance, thirty miles south of the city. Considering all things, they were very formidable, but not sufficiently so to cause the gallant Farragut to hesitate for a moment. He had fixed fray, fourteen men, killed and wounded. Among the latter was her commander, P. N. Murphy. The other two gun-boats sought safety under the cannon of the Fort; and that night, shielded by darkness, the Morgan escaped and hastened to Mobile. The Gaines, badly injured, was run ashore and burned. believing the contest to be over, Farragut now ordered most of his vessels to anchor; when, at a quarter before nine o'clock, the Tennessee, which had run some distance up the Bay, came down under a f