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THE FIGHT BEFORE
OF FORT BLAKELY, APRIL. 9, 1865.
THE FIGHT BEFORE MOBILE.
WE have already, in a previous
number, described the assault on Fort Blakely, which we illustrate this week on
this page. Probably the last charge of this war, it was as gallant as any on
men. They carried the work, and
this brave and successful assault finished the fight before Mobile.
Several batteries of artillery
and large quantities of ammunition were taken with the fort, besides 2400
prisoners. Our. loss in the whole affair was about 2000 killed and wounded.
THE " BLACK HAWK."
WE engrave on this page an
illustration of the burning of the Black Hawk, the flag-ship of the Mississippi
squadron, off Mount City, April 22. The fire broke out below where paints and
stored. It was found impossible
to subdue the flames, and the boat was entirely consumed. Only four lives were
lost. The magazine, containing 500 pounds of powder, exploded about an hour
after the fire broke out. The officers and crew of the black Hawk numbered
somewhat over three hundred.
The boat was commanded by Captain
CHARLES A. BABCOCK. The fire is supposed to have been originated by the
negligence of a painter, who went be-low for oil or turpentine, and carelessly
set a light, ed lamp where it quickly ignited the combustible material around
BURNING OF THE "BLACK HAWK,"
APRIL. 22, 1865.-[SKETCHED BY ADAM ROHE.]
THE GUN-BOAT "GENESEE" PROVIDED
WITH A NET-WORK AGAINST
TORPEDOES.—[SKETCHED BY GEORGE WATTERS.]
Blakely formed the left of the
rebel line of works defending Mobile. The approach to the work was impeded by
obstructions of every sort, which the national troops were fully one hour in
making their w a y through. The loss here was great ; but no obstacle hindered,
no degree of carnage daunted the