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THE ARSENAL AT ST. LOUIS,
MISSOURI.—[SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER SIMPLOT.]
FREMONT'S HEAD-QUARTERS AT ST. LOUIS,
MISSOURI.—[SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER SIMPLOT.]
Page) Council, together with a large number of ladies. In the absence
of Mayor Henry, Mr. Cuyler represented the city.
The regiment was formed by
Adjutant Brown, after which Colonel Lyle assumed the command, and put the
regiment through the manual of arms ; the various movements of which were
executed in the best manner.
The regiment was then wheeled
into column, and passed in review of the Councils, who complimented the soldiers
with a marching salute; and when, at the close, the officers were drawn to the
front, Mr. Cuyler briefly welcomed the regiment home, and complimented the men
upon the perfection of their drill. In return, Colonel Lyle assured Mr. Cuyler
that the regiment was ready to answer the call of the Government.
After the review the regiment
marched to the armory, where they partook of a collation.
It is said that some six hundred
of the regiment will reenlist for the war.
THE NEW GUN-BOATS.
page 551 to
illustrations of six out of the twenty-three gun-boats which were directed to be
built for Government a few weeks since. A reporter of the Herald who visited the
ship-yards shortly before our artist thus speaks of them :
Messrs. Webb and Bell, at
Greenpoint, have on the stocks at their yard one of the new gun-boats of the lot
of twenty-three. Already the ribs are up, and the outlines of the vessel are
clearly defined. Her length is 158 feet, with 2S feet beam and 12 feet hold. The
keel is of white oak, siding thirteen inches and ten inches in depth. The
gun-board strakes are six inches in thickness. The frame is of young white oak,
free from sap and all imperfections. None of the timber is grain cut. The entire
hull will be diagonally braced with iron straps, three and one half
inches in width by one half inch
thick. The running bottom plank will be of white oak, three and one half inches
in thickness, fastened with three locust treenails end one composition spike to
each strake. The decks will be of yellow pine, the beams of white oak. This
boat, like all the others, will be schooner rigged, and propelled by a screw.
She will be pierced for six guns on each side, or a long port on each side, for
the pivot gun. The vessel will be launched in September, and early in October
she will be ready to go into commission.
Jere. Simonson, at Greenpoint,
has another of the gun-boats on the stocks. She is precisely the same size as
the one at the yard of Messrs. Webb and Bell, and the work is about at the same
stage of forwardness. One peculiarity about this vessel is that she is decorated
very extensively with miniature flags. The workmen have placed them on the upper
ends of the ribs, and as fact as a new one is added to the number it is crowned
Stars and Stripes.
E. and H. Poillion are also
building one of the twenty-three gun-boats. The work at their yard is
progressing rapidly, and they are in hopes to turn out one of the model boats of
John Englis, foot of Tenth
Street, New York, has another gun-boat on the stocks. She is of the same
dimensions as the others, and will be called the Washington.
Jacob Westervelt, of this city,
is hurrying forward another of the gun-boats. She will be completed by
September. All the contractors are obliged to furnish these vessels complete,
with all the boatswain's and engineer's stores, boats„ rigging, sails, flags,
anchors, chains, and, in fact, every thing pertaining to a war vessel, with the
exception of ordnance and ordnance stores.
The engines are being built at
various places. The sections we publish are from the specifications of the
Novelty Works, New York.
The following is a description of
the engines, boilers, etc., now building for the new gun-boats:
Each vessel will be provided with
two horizontal back action engines, with the cylinders placed side by side on
the same side of the kelson.
The pistons are to make one
hundred strokes per minute at the maximum.
The boilers will be two in
number, and of Martin's patent, placed side by side, with a fire-room eight and
a half feet wide, from front of the boiler to forward end of the crank shaft.
The boilers will be furnished with draft from a blower engine and a Dunphel
The screw propeller will be
fixed, and of the four-bladed pattern.
Each engine will be complete in
itself, and capable of operating the propeller shaft independently of the other.
Each boiler will be complete in itself, so that they can furnish steam to both
or either of the engines. A working steam pressure of thirty pounds above the
atmosphere is required of them.
The screw propeller will be
fixed, and have four blades of the diameter of nine feet, diameter of hub
fifteen inches, thickness of blade at the hub four and a half inches, tapering
to five-eighths at the periphery.
Two of Martin's boilers will be
put in each vessel, with one smoke-pipe for both. They will be of the best
quality of American charcoal iron, and the best American lapwelded tubes (iron).
They will contain eighty-eight and five-sixths square feet of grate surface, and
twenty-seven hundred square feet of heating surface.
The smoke-stack will be four feet
in diameter and thirty-two feet in length. It will be constructed in four iron
plates vertically, the lower one of No. 6 wire gauge, the next to be No. 7, the
next No. 8, and the upper plate No. 7. A fresh-water distilling apparatus,
capable of making 100 gallons of fresh water per day, will be put in each ship.
The following instruments will be
furnished by the contractors : One mercurial vacuum gauge, two indicators, one
counter, one clock, one thermometer for hot well, one for injection water, one
engine-room thermometer, one fire-room do., one gong, one bell, one glass water
gauge ; a complete set of engine tools, oil tanks, and cans ; duplicate pieces,
packing, waste, steel, iron, tallow, oil, paints, soap, and stationery, etc.
In addition to furnishing all
these articles, they must furnish to the Navy Department, in one month after the
completion of the machinery, tracings on cloth of every
drawing used in the construction
thereof, embracing both general and working plans in sufficient detail, with
dimensions figured on, so that the same may be again constructed, together with
a detailed statement of the weight of the machinery and of all its
FREMONT AT ST. LOUIS.
WE publish on this page several
illustrations of the progress of the war at the West. One of them represents THE
DEPARTURE OF GENERAL FREMONT WITH TROOPS FROM ST. LOUIS FOR BIRD'S POINT,
MISSOURI. He had with him four regiments of infantry, several detached companies
of riflemen, two companies of artillery, and a. number of guns. The force left
in eight steamers, and was enthusiastically cheered by the people. With this
reinforcement, the troops at Bird's Point number 8000, and are able to stand any
attack from the rebels. Another shows us GENERAL FREMONT'S HEAD-QUARTERS AT ST.
LOUIS, where the gallant General, assisted by his wife, the famous Jessie,
spends eighteen hours a day in the work of the campaign The third represents THE
ARSENAL AT ST. LOUIS. Since
General Fremont's arrival this place has been the
scene of great excitement. Troops are arriving hourly by steamers and railcars,
and departing again for Cape Girardeau, Cairo, Bird's Point, and other places in
the interior. Ammunition of every kind, cannon of every calibre, and every class
of army stores arrive here by each train from the East, and are rapidly
distributed to points where they are needed.
DEPARTURE OF FREMONT'S FLOTILLA FOR BIRD'S
POINT.—[SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER SIMPLOT.]