Saturday, March 24, 2012

The four mortar boats which left Cairo . . .

. . . on Friday last for the Upper Cumberland were obliged to return, because the two steamers which attempted to tow them were not sufficiently powerful.  One of them was left behind, and the other three were started for their destination the same evening, each towed by a steamer. – Difficulty had been experienced in finding mechanics sufficiently skillful to place the mortars in position, and Mr. W. H. Osborne, President of the Illinois Central, generously placed at the disposal of the Government fifty of the best machinists in the Company’s shops at Chicago. – There is now a prospect that all the boats, thirty-eight in number will soon be ready for service.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 2

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