Wreck of the Aquila


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JANUARY 16, 1864.]




(Previous Page) Engineers on General McClellan's staff, and in April, 1862, was appointed Brigadier-General of Volunteers. In September he was placed in command of the Third Division, Fifth Corps—a new division, with which he made a forced march from Washington, performing 23 miles in one night, and joined McClellan early on the morning after the battle of Antietam, supposing that the battle would be renewed. The heroic charge of this division at Fredericksburg and its brilliant conduct at Chancellorsville are fresh in remembrance. When this division of nine months' volunteers was mustered out of service its gallant commander was appointed

Major-General. At Gettysburg he commanded a division of the Third Corps, whose noble conduct needs no fresh mention. Since that time General Humphreys has acted as Chief of Staff to the commander of the Army of the Potomac.


THE Aquila was some months ago sent from New York to San Francisco, having on board, as freight, the "Monitor" Camanche. Surviving all the perils of the voyage around Cape Horn, the Aquila was

sunk while lying at a wharf at San Francisco. Our correspondent furnishes us with a sketch of the vessel, taken as she lay on the 25th of November, just after the accident, which we give on this page. He writes: "Early yesterday morning it was announced that the Aquila, having the Camanche on board, had sunk in the night at Hathaway's wharf. It was too true. After surviving storms and escaping pirates, she had gone down within a stone's-throw of our business thoroughfare. I send you a sketch of her as she lies, with only about twenty-five feet of the after-hull and deck visible, the sea sweeping through and over her decks. The vessel was

brought in and moored alongside the wharf, the wind blowing freshly down the bay, raising a heavy sea, to which the broadside of the vessel was exposed. Under her stern was a hard bottom, against which she beat, or rather was beaten, until a hole was made, and down she went. At high tide there is 37 or 38 feet of water above her bow.


WE present on this page a view of the iron-clad steam-frigate Re d' Italia, built for the Italian Government by Mr. William H. Webb, of New York. (Next Page)


Wreck Aquila
Italian Iron Clad




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