Cruise of the U.S. Flag-Ship Hartford – From the Personal Journal of Wm. C. Holton

April 17th. Was spent in making preparations for the ensuing battle. The mortar boats were towed within range, and the tops of their masts dressed with green boughs from the adjacent woods, some having a whole broadside covered, but most of them with only their masts covered. In this condition they reminded one of a holiday scene rather than the stern preparations of battle.

Cruise of the U.S. Flag-Ship Hartford–Wm. C. Holton

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