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The Daily Dispatch: May 9, 1863., [Electronic resource], The reason Why. (search)
The reason Why. --A great many comments have been made upon the defective firing of our batteries at Vicksburg when the enemy's gunboats passed down some two weeks ago, and both officers and men in the batteries have been pretty severely injured therefore. The following letter from Vicksburg explains the cause of this inefficient firing, and as the defects spoken of have probably been remedied before this time, there can be no harm in giving this letter to the public: "The passage by our batteries of the Yankee fleet on Thursday night developed a fact which I think ought to be made known, that it may be properly remedied. It being the first scene of the kind ever witnessed by me, I felt some surprise that the firing from our batteries was more slow and irregular than I had expected, and on yesterday, being in company with the commanders of two of our most serviceable guns, I mentioned the fact, when I was told by them that it was not the result of inefficiency in the work