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The U.S.S. Carondelet makes her daring night run past the Confederate blockade on the Mississippi

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
04/04/1862 to 04/05/1862
A few days before, Commodore A.H. Foote had ordered 52 year-old Captain Henry Walke of the U.S.S. Carondelet, a 175-foot armoured steam gunboat, to run past the Confederate guns on Island Number 10 and link up with Union General John Pope to cover his intended crossing of the Mississippi.  As ordered, on the first "rainy night," the gunboat sailed at ten o'clock and made its way down the river, came under heavy fire of Confederate batteries without loss or damage, and reached New Madrid, Missouri at dawn.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 426-430. 

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