or three vessels to act to advantage.
My greatest fear was that we should fire into each other; and Captain Wainwright and myself were hallooing ourselves hoarse at the men not to fire into our ships.
We have observed that the fleet had not fairly passed the river obstructions before the Confederate rams and gun-boats appeared.
There were six rams, named Warrior, Stonewall Jackson, Defiance, Resolute, Governor Moore, and General Quitman, commanded respectively by Captains Stephenson, Philips, McCoy, Hooper, Kennon, and Grant.
These were river steamers, made shot-proof by cotton bulk-heads, and furnished with iron prows for pushing.
The ram Manassas, then commanded by Captain Warley, was an entirely different affair.
She was thus described by an eye-witness:
She is about one hundred feet long and twenty feet beam, and draws from nine to twelve feet water.
Her shape above water is nearly that of half a sharply pointed egg-shell, so that a shot will glance from.her, no m