, and three tires.
The face of the fort was very much ploughed up by the shells from the fleet.
If the fort was uninjured (as a defensive work) no artillery known to modern warfare can do it. My impression is, that any considerable number of troops could have stormed and taken the fort immediately after the second day's bombardment, with but little loss.
All the officers and men belonging to the New Ironsides served their guns and country well; and I am greatly indebted to Lieutenant Commander Phythian, the Executive Officer, for his energy and ability in getting the crew and ship in such good fighting order.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, William Radford. Commodore, Commanding Iron-clad Division. Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, Commanding N. A. Squadon, Flag-Ship Malvern,
Report of Captain William R. Taylor.
United States ship Juniata, off Beaufort, N. C., December 30, 1864.
sir — I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your General Order, No. 7