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ch are mounted the heaviest mortars. With reference to the Keokuk, he states that her turret was not materially injured, and that she sank, not from the effect our fire, but from the concussion of her own guns, which "broke her back." Such is the Munchausen account of the prisoner. The only valuable part of it is that which refers to the concussion of the enemy's heavy guns. Taking the recent confession of a Northern correspondent, who was on the Montauk during the bombardment of Fort McAllister, in connection with the above, the inference is almost conclusive that the Monitors cannot safely withstand the shock of their own guns sufficiently long for a protracted bombardment. The effect on the systems of the men is not less than the effect on the vessels themselves, to that were it probable that the latter may hereafter be constructed in such a manner at to remove one part of the difficulty, ventilation and personal concussion are two obstacles that are insuperable in boats of