The war on the Mississippi River - night expedition to island no. 10 ... / from a sketch by our special artist, Mr. H. Lovie.
Print shows Union troops spiking Confederate guns on Island No. 10 at night during a violent storm.
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Caption continues: Spiking a Rebel battery by a detachment of National soldiers and sailors, under Colonel Roberts [i.e., Col. Porter], April 2.
Text on pg. 390 states: "... for the gallant Col. Roberts tied up that battery [the Kentucky battery] on just such a stormy night some time ago." And then continues under the heading "Spiking the Rebel guns in the Upper Battery": On the night of the 1st of April Col. Porter took advantage of a terrible storm to make a demonstration against the rebels in Island No. 10. Our artist, Mr. Lovie, thus describes it...."
Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 13, no. 338 (1862 April 26), p. 408.
In the early years of the war many civilian ships were confiscated for military use, while both sides built new ships. The most popular ships were tinclads—mobile, small ships that actually contained no tin. These ships were former merchant ships, generally about 150 feet in length, with about two to six feet of draft, and about 200 tons. Shipbuilders would remove the deck and add an armored pilothouse as well as sheets of iron around the forward part of the casemate and the engines. Most of the tinclads had six guns: two or three twelve-pounder or twenty-four-pounder howitzers on each broadside, with two heavier guns, often thirty-two-pounder smoothbores or thirty-pounder rifles, in the bow. These ships proved faster than ironclads and, with such a shallow draft, worked well on the tributaries of the Mississippi.