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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—the naval war. (search)
gy. Only one vessel withdrew from the contest, the Van Dorn, which had a cargo of nearly fifty thousand pounds of powder, a real treasure that must be saved. The fire of the Federal gun-boats had greatly damaged the other, the boilers of which were not sufficiently protected, and Ellet's rams arrived in time to complete the work of destruction. The Beauregard, entirely disabled, soon sunk near the shore; the Little Rebel, carrying Montgomery's flag, and the Sumter reached the bank of the Arkansas, where their crews landed in great haste. The Jeff Thompson, likewise abandoned, caught fire and blew up; finally, the Bragg sunk before she had time to get out of deep water. The Confederate flotilla was annihilated. It had lost seven vessels out of eight. The Federals were chiefly indebted for their success to Ellet and his two rams, the Monarch and the Queen of the West, which had alone fought at close quarters and made terrible use of their beaks. Not a single man had been wounded
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Kentucky (search)
We left Curtis in possession of the battle-field of Pea Ridge and the Ozark Mountains, whilst Van Dorn was bringing back his vanquished army to the banks of the Arkansas. Shortly after, the latter descended the river with the largest portion of his troops as far as the neighborhood of Little Rock, then proceeded eastward, reache their warlike ardor, and they found effective support in a new fort, constructed by the Confederates since the beginning of the war, on the southern bank of the Arkansas, opposite its confluence with the Verdigris River and the Neosho or Grand River; this work was called Fort Davis. The village of Gibson, encircling an old fort lometres in length, from Cassville, in Missouri, to the vicinity of Evansville, a village situated thirty-five kilometres from Van Buren and the left bank of the Arkansas; at this point they turn westward, and under the name of Boston Mountains, which has already been met with in our narrative, slope down to the plain in the Creek