War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0097 Chapter XXXVIII. SIEGE OF PORT HUDSON, LA.

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Received. "How was that shell from her?"

Sent. "Don't know. I can direct one of your guns, if you are ready."

Received. "Ready now. Firing at second gun. Watch."

Sent. "Your last gun made a good shot. Little too far to the right."

Received. "Watch our mortar. How was that?"

Sent. "Fire little to left and 100 yards short."

Received. "Have rebel shells done any damage to our battery on right bank of the river?"

Sent. "Can't say."

Received. "Send a man to find out, if not too dangerous. Watch fire of these mortars particularly."

Received. "How was that?"

Sent. "Did not explode; fire again."

Received. "How far is that gun next to citadel?"

Sent. "Six hundred yards."

Received. "Chart says 85 yards from church. Will fire at it."

Sent. "Good range. Fell 200 yards short."

Received. "O. K. Who are the navy chaps with you?"

Sent. Dr. King and three others. Fifth gun in our battery hit the lower rebel gun last shot. Tell tem to F. L. L. and a hair lower. have just hil it again."

Received. "See last shot?"

Sent. "'Twas 10 feet to the left."

Received. "I mean the mortar shell."

Sent. "Struck in the citadel 200 yards short."

Received. "How is this?"

Sent. "One hundred and fifty yards short."

Sent. "One Parrott on this bank is disabled."

Received. "How?"

Sent. "Hit by rebel shells."

Received. "Yes, but how badly disabled, and hit in what point?"

Sent. "The carriage was hit underneath. No great damage. Last shot 1,000 yards short."

Received. "General Stone wants to know if any damage has been done to the rebel guns."

Sent. Our fifth gun has hit the breastwork of the big rifle four times. Its fire is splendid. Can dismount it soon. No other damage."

Received. "You say our fifth gun?"

Sent. "Yes, from the left."

Sent. "Our sixth gun just made a glorious shot."

Received. "Is the carriage of our Parrott too much disabled to be immediately repaired?"

Sent. "Think not. Believe they are at work on it. Let the sixth gun fire 10 feet more to the left."

Received. "How now about the fifth and sixth guns?"

Sent. "The sixth gen is the bully boy."

Received. "Can you give it any directions to make it more bully?"

Sent. "Last shot was little to the right."

Received. "Fearfully hot here. Several men sunstruck. Bullets whiz like fun. Have ceased firing for awhile, the guns are so hot. Will profit by your directions afterward."

Sent. "The rebels are firing that rifle. Numbers 6 can stop them."

Received. "Tell Charles to be more careful about his motions. Report immediately any damage to our guns. How is Numbers 6 now? Have just ceased firing until rebels open again. Did fifth and sixth have good aims?"

Sent. "Yes; they have knocked half the earthworks over before that big rifle."

Received. "Can they now hit it with same aim?"

Sent. "Yes."

Received. "Will fire at rifle now; report any shot."

Sent. "I must know which guns are to fire."

Received. "Only one in this battery."

Sent. "Is it fifth or sixth?"

Received. "Neither; it is a navy Dahlgren which I want you to direct the fire of."

Received. "Be there again to-morrow at 6 a. m. Cannot see. C. S."


July 2--6 a. m.

Received. "Are you ready?"

Sent. "Numbers One gun fires a shade too low."

Received. "Report everything important in regard to batteries on right bank."