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THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF DENMARK, NOW THE WIFE OF
THE PRINCE OF WALES.
Page) In reference to this the Jackson Mississippian had the
The destruction of the Indianola
was a most unnecessary and unfortunate affair. The turreted monster proved to be
a flat-boat, with sundry fixtures to create deception. She passed Vicksburg
Tuesday night, and the officers believing she was really a turreted monster,
blew the Indianola up, but the guns fell into the hands of the enemy.
The Vicksburg Whig of 5th says:
We stated a day or two since that
we would not enlighten our readers in regard to a matter which was puzzling them
very much. We alluded to the loss of the gun-boat Indianola, recently captured
from the enemy. We were loath to acknowledge she had been destroyed, but such is
the case. The Yankee barge sent down the river last week was reported to be an
iron-clad gun-boat. The authorities, thinking that this monster would retake the
Indianola, immediately issued an order to blow her up. The order was sent down
by courier to the officer in charge of the vessel. A few hours afterward another
order was sent down countermanding the first, it being ascertained that the
monstrous craft was only a coal-boat; but before it reached the Indianola she
had been blown to atoms — not even a gun was saved. Who is to blame for this
folly, this precipitancy? It would really seem as if we had no use for gun-boats
on the Mississippi, as a coal-barge is magnified into a monster, and our
authorities immediately order a boat that would have been worth a small army to
us to be blown up.
The New York Times publishes a
letter from an officer, from which we extract the following:
Finding that they (the rebels)
could not be provoked to fire without an object, I thought of getting up an
Ericsson saved the country with an iron one —
why could I not save it with a wooden one? An old coal-barge, picked up in the
river, was the foundation to build on. It was built of old boards in twelve
hours, with pork barrels on top of each other for smoke-stacks, and two old
canoes for quarter-boats; her furnaces were built of mud, and only intended to
make black smoke and not steam.
Without knowing that Brown was in
peril, I let loose our Monitor. When it was descried by the dim light of the
morn, never did the batteries of Vicksburg open with such a din; the earth
fairly trembled, and the shot flew thick around the devoted Monitor. But she ran
safely past all the batteries, though under fire for an hour, and drifted down
to the lower mouth of the canal. She was a much better looking vessel than the
When it was broad daylight they
opened on her again with all the guns they could bring to bear without a shot
hitting her to do any harm, because they did not make her settle in the water,
though going in at one side and out at another. She was already full of water.
The soldiers of our army shouted and laughed like mad, but the
laugh was somewhat against them
when they subsequently discovered the
Queen of the West lying at the wharf at
Warrenton. The question was asked, what had happened to the Indianola? Had the
two rams sunk her or captured her in the engagement we heard the night before?
The sounds of cannon had receded down the river, which led us to believe that
Brown was chasing the Webb, and that the Queen had got up past him.
One or two soldiers got the
Monitor out in the stream again, and let her go down on the ram Queen. All the
forts commenced firing and signaling, and as the Monitor approached the Queen
she turned tail and ran down river as fast as she could go, the Monitor after
her, making all the speed that was given her by a five-knot current. The forts
at Warrenton fired bravely and
rapidly, but the Monitor did not return the fire with her wooden guns, but
proceeded down after the Queen of the West. An hour after this the same heavy
firing that we had heard the night before came booming up on the still air.
This "booming" was the
destruction of the Indianola.
The following is Admiral Porter's
official account of the affair:
U. S. MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON, YAZOO
March 10, via MEMPHIS AND
Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of
the Navy: I have been pretty well assured for some
time past that the Indianola had
been blown up, in consequence of the appearance of a wooden imitation mortar,
which the enemy sunk with their batteries. The mortar was a valuable aid to us.
It forced away the Queen of the West, and caused the blowing up of the
Indianola. D. D. PORTER.
Richmond Examiner, in a very grim way, thus
pokes its fun at the rebels:
The reported fate of the
Indianola is even more disgraceful than farcical. Here was perhaps the finest
iron-clad in the Western waters, captured after a heroic struggle, rapidly
repaired, and destined to join the Queen of the West in a series of victories.
Next we hear that she was of necessity blown up, in the true Merrimac-Mallory
style—and why? Laugh and hold your sides, lest you die of a surfeit of derision,
O Yankeedom! Blown up because, forsooth, a flat-boat, or mud-scow, with a small
house taken from the back-garden of a plantation, put on top of it, is floated
down the river, before the frightened eyes of the Partisan Rangers. A turreted
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
pages 200 and 201 we give two
pictures from sketches by our special artist, Mr. A. R. Waud. One of them shows
us the course of the Rappahannock River looking toward Falmouth Station—a scene
of unsurpassed loveliness, and which will hereafter be classic ground.
Generations unborn will wander here to descry some memorial of the men who
fought in these valleys and on those hills under
Hooker. For many miles on either side the river
the landscape is dotted with tents, either of our troops or the enemy's; within
a radius of ten miles round
Fredericksburg it is probable that not less
than 200,000 men are encamped. Many thousand brave men sleep under the sod
there, with no stone to mark the spot where they died for their country. The
forests whose beauty has survived the ravages of war are being thinned out for
fuel: from morn till night the axe rings through the trees. The other picture
represents WYNDHAM'S HORSE ON A SCOUT. Mr. Waud writes:
"Colonel Wyndham—or Sir Percy, as
he is often called, being a member of a Sardinian order of knighthood, won by
gallant conduct in the Italian
campaign —has proved himself a
dashing officer of cavalry in our service. Some of the long marches he has
made, in all sorts of weather, are quite remarkable, and have gained him the
same reputation among the rebels that Jeb Stuart has with our soldiers. His
brigade travels very light, and many of them without shelter tents or blankets.
After a forced march of from 50 to 90 miles in a day, they bivouac on the
ground, till the bugles calling boot and saddle warn them to prepare for another
"The sketch represents the
General marching down to Falmouth from Warrenton on a recent search after
Stuart's cavalry. The roads are in such poor
condition, that, as represented in the picture, the main body often strike
across country from point to point."
"BACHE'S QUAKER" DRIVING THE "QUEEN
OF THE WEST," AND CAUSING THE REBELS TO BLOW UP THE
"INDIANOLA."—[SKETCHED BY MR. THEODORE R. DAVIS.]