the one hundred and sixteenth regiment of new york state volunteers:  (Google eBook)

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Page 175 - ... heavy timber, and strengthened in every way which ingenuity could devise. This was run out about three hundred feet into the river. Four large coal barges were then filled with brick and sunk at the end of it. From the right bank of the river, cribs, filled with stone, were built out to meet the barges; all of which was successfully accomplished, notwithstanding there was a current running of nine miles an hour, which threatened to sweep everything before it.
Page 176 - Bailey, only induced him to renew his exertions, after he had seen the success of getting four vessels through. The noble-hearted soldiers, seeing their labor of the last eight days swept away in a moment, cheerfully went to work to repair damages, being confident now that all the gun-boats would be finally brought over.
Page 176 - The Lexington succeeded in getting over the upper falls just in time, the water rapidly falling as she was passing over. She then steered directly for the opening in the dam, through which the water was rushing so furiously that it seemed as if nothing but destruction awaited her. Thousands of beating hearts looked on anxious for the result. The silence was so great as the Lexington approached the dam that a pin might almost be heard to fall.
Page 176 - The silence was so great as the Lexington approached the dam that a pin might almost be heard to fall. She entered the gap with a full head of steam on, pitched down the roaring torrent, made two or three spasmodic rolls, hung for a moment on the rocks below, was then swept into deep water by the current, and rounded-to safely into the bank.
Page 176 - I particularly ordered a full head of steam to be carried ; the result was that for a moment her hull disappeared from sight under the water. Every one thought she was lost. She rose, however, swept along over the rocks with the current, and fortunately escaped with only one hole in her bottom, which was stopped in the course of an hour.
Page 177 - The passage of these vessels was a most beautiful sight, only to be realized when seen. They passed over without an accident, except the unshipping of one or two rudders. This was witnessed by all the troops, and the vessels were heartily cheered when they passed over. Next morning at ten o'clock the Louisville, Chillicothe, Ozark, and two tugs passed over without any accident, except the loss of a man, who was swept off the deck of one of the tugs.
Page 177 - This was accomplished in three days' time, and on the llth instant the Mound City, Carondelet, and Pittsburg came over the upper falls, a good deal of labor having been expended in hauling them through, the channel being very crooked, and scarcely wide enough for them.
Page 176 - I jumped on a horse and rode up to where the upper vessels were anchored and ordered the Lexington to pass the upper falls, if possible, and immediately attempt to go through the dam.
Page 177 - ... appeared, from running on certain destruction. " The force of the water and the current being too great to construct a continuous dam of six hundred feet across the river in so short a time, Colonel Bailey determined to leave a gap of fifty-five feet in the dam, and build a series of wing dams on the upper falls. This was accomplished in three days...
Page 181 - ... frightful disorder, with the regularity of forming for parade. You drove the enemy from before you and held the ground until ordered to fall back. The next day at Pleasant Hill, you of the First Division bore the brunt of the enemy's furious attack, and only one Brigade, that on the left, gave way, because...

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