First you see the puff of white smoke upon the distant ramparts, and then you see the shot coming, looking exactly as if some gigantic hand has thrown in play a ball toward you."
A Union Surgeon* serving on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna.
Do the best you can, sir, and when all is done, surrender."
Commodore Franklin Buchanan to his second-in-command during the Union assault on the Tennessee.
West Sand Island
Having suffered intense bombardment from Federal land batteries, three monitors and, and other naval vessels. Fort Morgan surrendered on August 23 (see map right). The capture of the fort gave the Federals control of the port but the city continued to be held by the Confederates.
The Capture of fort morgan
August 23, 1864
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