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ng, and you have perhaps a conception of the scene.
And all this noise and destructive energy — the blazing fire-rafts, the floating volcanoes sending forth fire and smoke, and bolts of death, and the thundering forts, and the ponderous rams, were all crowded, in the greatest darkness just before the dawn, within the space of a narrow river--too narrow, said Farragut, for more than two 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 f