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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
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At ten A. M. I came in sight of her, at about the distance of half a mile, and immediately opened fire. After an action of about twenty minutes, I succeeded in setting fire to her, and at meridian she blew up, with a tremendous explosion. The Arkansas had a crew of one hundred and eighty, and mounted ten guns, (six eight-inch and four fifty-pound rifles.) This vessel, the Essex, mounts seven guns, and had only forty men on duty at the time of our going into action. My First Master, Mr. R. R. Riley, was in sick-hospital, and his place was supplied by Second Master David Porter Rosenmitla, who conducted himself to my entire satisfaction. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. D. Porter, Commanding Division of Flotilla in Western Waters. Lieutenant Commanding Roe's report. United States gunboat Katahdin, off Baton Rouge, La., August 6. sir: The anticipated attack of the enemy on this place, of which I made mention in my letter of the fou