Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Diary of 2nd Lieutenant George G. Smith: May 8, 1864

Crossed Red river on the dam. Four gun boats below the dam, and two turreted monitors below the upper falls. Two of the coal barges filled with brick and sunk in the channel had broke away and swung around alongside of the passage and these four boats being below the upper falls had run through the dam to safety.

Gunboats Passing the Falls in Red River at Alexandria, as seen by the
Author from the Pontoon Bridge Below By permission of E. B. Treat
& Co., Publishers of "Farragut and Our Naval Commanders."
SOURCE: Abstracted from George G. Smith, Leaves from a Soldier's Diary, p. 110-1

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