The Southern Rebellion; Being a History of the United States from the Commencement of President Buchanan's Administration to the Inaugurationof General Ulysses S. Grant as President Volume 2

The Southern Rebellion; Being a History of the United States from the Commencement of President Buchanan's Administration to the Inaugurationof General Ulysses S. Grant as President Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...fire of the rebel batteries, and received several shots, one of which, piercing the steam-drum of her engine, disabled her, and she was obliged to float on helplessly with the current, until one of the gunboats took her in tow, and carried her below the batteries without further damage. The second boat, the Henry Clay, which was closely following the Forest Queen, was obliged to stop, to avoid running into the latter; and while thus pausing, a shell set fire to the cotton carried for the protection of the machinery. The crew became alarmed at the sudden stoppage of the boat and the fire, and instead of exerting themselves to extinguish the flames, ran about in terror and disorder, and then launched a small boat and pulled for the shore. The officers, finding themselves alone, and unable to contend with the spreading flames, also made their escape as best they could. Energetic officers and a better disciplined crew might have extinguished the fire and taken the boat safely through. As it was, the flames soon spread through the upperworks, and she floated far down the river, until so much burned that she sunk. The other transport passed down in entire safety. A little below Vicksburg, at Warrenton, the rebels had other batteries, though not so formidable as those at Vicksburg. As the fleet of gunboats arrived opposite these, they at once opened a heavy fire of shell and shrapnel from their broadsides; and so rapid and heavy was their fire, that the enemy were driven from some of their guns, and made but a feeble response. The gunboats and two of the transports had thus succeeded in passing the formidable batteries with but little serious damage. A short time previously they had been run a second time by Colonel Ellet, at the request of Admiral...show more

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  • Paperback | 482 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 853g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236610261
  • 9781236610263