Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Potomac Cannonade - A Remarkable Result

The Fredericksburg Recorder mentions the following remarkable fact.

The Yankees have thrown from 4,000 to 5,000 shot and shell from their various war steamers and tugs within the last six months at the soldiers manning our guns in the various batteries on the Potomac yet, most extraordinary as it may appear, they never destroyed life, nor even were guilty of drawing Southern blood until last week, if we except the very slight scratch received by a soldier on the 1st of June at Acquia creek.  Surely a kind Providence must be shielding the heads of our soldiers, when only one such disaster occurs in a department whose soldiers are numbered by the thousands.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 22, 1862, p. 3

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