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CAPTURE OF THE REBEL
GUN-BOAT "TEASER" IN THE
JAMES RIVER.—[SKETCHED BY A CORRESPONDENT.]
ON THE JAMES RIVER.
WE publish on this page an
illustration of the CAPTURE OF THE REBEL GUN-BOAT "TEASER," in the James River,
from a sketch by an occasional correspondent. We give below an illustration of
the REBELS FIRING ON THE TRANSPORT "DANIEL WEBSTER," off Fort Powhatan, from a
sketch by Acting-Master James F. Anderson, U.S.N. The Herald correspondent thus
recounts the capture of the Teaser:
The rebel gun-boat Teaser came
down from Richmond to reconnoitre, and had a balloon on board, made of old silk
frocks. This she intended to inflate and send up to view our camps at
Harrison's Landing. The Maratanza being at the
time on picket duty, came upon the Teaser suddenly as both vessels were turning
a sharp curve in the river. Of course the Maratanza opened fire on the little
rebel, and by a few well-directed shots forced her to surrender. One of the
Maratanza 100-pounder rifle-shells exploded directly under the boilers of the
Teaser, and came within an ace of blowing her up. Fortunately it did not.
Acting-Master Anderson thus
describes his sketch:
"Fort Powhatan is about 75 miles
up the James River, situated upon an eminence of 60 feet above the level of the
river, the channel at this place being
only 300 yards wide. Owing to the
vigilance of our gun-boats the rebels have been unable to mount any guns on it.
"The drawing will show the sudden
raids they frequently make, and the desperation with which they fight.
"The Daniel Webster, under a full
head of steam, succeeded in running the gauntlet, with much damage done to the
boat; but fortunately only one person was hurt—the pilot being slightly wounded
in the hand.
"The attack was so sudden that
before the gun-boat could bring her guns to bear the enemy had swept our decks
fore and aft. Having a raking position, they for a while had it all their own
way. Fortunately they had too much elevation to their guns, or our loss of life
would have been very large; as it was, no one was hurt, although our rigging was
cut to pieces, and two or three shots struck us on the quarter. After we got
into position we shelled them to their hearts' content, and in a very short time
drove them at the double-quick. All vessels now go up and down under convoy. We
(the Sebago) remain to take care of the fort, and I hardly think we will again
be troubled in this quarter."
THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
WE continue in this number our
series of pictures of the Army of the Potomac. On pages
488 and 489 we
give two illustrations, one representing
THE ARRIVAL OF GENERAL McCLELLAN UPON THE BANK OF THE
JAMES RIVER ON SUNDAY, JUNE 29; and the other,
A GENERAL VIEW OF
HARRISON'S LANDING, showing the transports landing supplies. The
former is from a sketch by our artist, Mr. Mead; the latter from a sketch by an
officer in the James River flotilla, who has frequently obliged us by similar
favors. A newspaper correspondent, describing the arrival of the Army after five
days' fighting upon the border of the James, said:
When an aid of
General McClellan rode back and reported that
the way was all open to James River a thrill of relief ran through the whole
line, and the sight of the green fields skirting its banks was indeed an oasis
in the terrible desert of suspense and apprehension through which they had
passed. The teams were now put upon a lively trot in order to relieve the
pressure upon that portion still in the rear.
General McClellan and Staff rode
ahead and took possession of the old estate known as Malvern Hills, owned by B.
F. Dew, one mile back from "Turkey Island Bend." It is a large, old-fashioned
estate, originally built by the French, and has near it, in front, an old earth
by General Washington during the
Revolutionary war. It has a spacious yard shaded by venerable elms and other
trees. A fine view of the river can be had from this elevated position. General
McClellan expressed the opinion that with a brief time to prepare the position
could be held against any force the enemy can bring against us.
Exhausted by long watching and
fatigue, and covered thickly with the dust of the road over which we had passed,
many of the officers threw themselves upon the shady and grassy lawn to rest.
The soldiers also, attracted by the shady trees, surrounded the house or
bivouacked in the fields near by.
General McClellan immediately
addressed himself to the task of preparing dispatches for the Government.
The transports were already there
unloading tons of supplies and fixed ammunition. There are now not less than 600
transports and gun-boats in the river, a large portion of which are at or near
page 485 we reproduce a sketch by Mr. Waud,
representing the ARTILLERY OF
SMITH'S DIVISION, UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN AYRES, HOLDING THE ENEMY IN CHECK
AT THE WHITE OAK SWAMP. This was one of the severest struggles in the
contest before Richmond, and Ayres lost a gun. A detailed account of the fight
has already appeared in our columns. On page 492 we illustrate a camp scene from
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REBEL BATTERIES AT FORT
POWHATAN, ON THE JAMES RIVER, FIRING ON THE UNION TRANSPORT "DANIEL
WEBSTER."—[SKETCHED BY AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY.]