the Arkansas, a few well-directed shots disabled her so that she became unmanageable.
Porter, seeing his advantage, loaded with incendiary shells, but at the first discharge the Arkansas was seen to be already ablaze.
Porter and his men redoubled their efforts.
The Arkansas managed to get near enough in-shore to make fast but her cable burnt away, and drifting again into the current she blew up. The Essex had accomplished the destruction of the last Confederate ram operating on the Mississippi River.
William young, gunner's mate of the Essex
Four picked men gunners' crew of the Essex received large sums.
If other vessels were in a certain radius of distance or attached to the same station, they also had a share in the money awarded by the prize-courts, and an escaping blockade-runner would remind one of a hare pursued by a heterogeneous pack of hounds — the swiftest to the fore, and then the lumbering, unwieldy boats bringing up the rear.
Of the fifty-one thousand me