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ave been received. They say that the Yankee monitor, Tecumseh, struck a torpedo opposite Fort Morgan and want down immediately. All on board perished (including the captain) except nine persons. After passing the fort, the Tennessee came up through the wooden vessels of the fleet, delivering broadsides, and looking for the Hartford, the flagship of Admiral Farragut. The Monongahela bore down and struck the Tennessee amidships. The Tennessee and Hartford then got side by side, the former pouring a full broadside into the Hartford's port-holes, causing, as the True Delta says, a fearful less of life on the latter. The Lackswans and others came up and took part in the action until the Tennessee surrendered. The papers report that Admiral Buchanan's leg will be saved. He told them he would have been willing to die ten minutes afterwards could he have sunk the Hartford. Lieutenant Comstock, Confederate, and Lieutenant Prentiss, Yankee, are both reported dead.
from a fitting and well-deserved death on the 6th. It appears he went to Winchester and dined with Colonel Edwards, the commander of the post, and started off on an excursion. A dispatch says: During the excursion, General Sheridan, Colonel Comstock and Captain Moore all began to exhibit violent symptoms of corrosive poison, which continued to increase until it became necessary to procure a conveyance for the purpose of removing the Captain back to Colonel Edward's quarters. General Shy and transported them to Winchester. The white of eggs and other antidotes to corrosive sublimate were freely administered, and with the best effect. Retching, vomiting and purging continued until late in the evening, when the General and Colonel Comstock began to improve; but in Captain Moore's case they continued all night. It is supposed that these symptoms were occasioned by something which accidentally got into the composition of the cheese, of which all partook freely. Portions o
The Daily Dispatch: February 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Yankee Reasons for the fall of Fort Fisher. (search)
weakening the resistance to their attack." And so were Butler's men brave, and so were their leaders; but the bravest men can't do impossible things; and it was a totally impossible thing for Butler's one thousand two hundred men to take that fort. Had it not been for the co-operation of the fleet in its fire, it is reasonably certain that the assault by Terry would have disastrously failed. Secretary Stanton has, in these few words, described the amazing strength of the fort: "Work unsurpassed, if ever equalled, in strength, and which General Beauregard a few days before pronounced impregnable." If the disposition to co-operate with Butler had existed in the fleet, it could not have persistently co-operated with his assault, if he had persistently made one; for, when Butler was about to move to the attack, Captain Breeze, of the navy, Admiral Porter's chief of staff, informed General Weitzel and Colonel Comstock that the fleet had but one hour's supply of ammunition left.
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