|Farragut's squadron attempting to the run the guns at |
Port Hudson and the destruction of USS Mississippi.
|Gunners from USS Richmond|
prepare to fire the ship's forward
Parrott Rifle at Port Hudson
Mississippi, however, took several critical hits, caught on fire and sank. The frigate's executive officer and future Admiral of the Fleet, Lieutenant George Dewey stayed on board long enough to spike the guns. Thus ended the career of one of the Navy's most famous ships. Farragut did not hear about Mississippi's demise until he read about it in local newspapers. The movement was not one of the admiral's finest hours.
After that operation, the Navy was much more cautious and respectful of Port Hudson's defenses. Both Union and Confederate forces settled in for a long siege. Banks' forces eventually encircled Port Hudson on the eastern side and U.S. Navy ships bombarded the town from positions down river.
|"Battery No. 10"-The Navy contributed four IX-inch|
Dahlgrens to the Army's eighty-nine gun siege train
that encircled Port Hudson. Sailors from USS
Richmond manned the battery.
Steam sloops such as USS Monogahela (manned by both Dewey and another Spanish-American War hero, Winfield Scott Schley) and Richmond, along with the ironclad USS Essex rotated in and out of the bomb line. The mortar schooner squadron that allegedly worked so well at New Orleans, returned from Hampton Roads and also began a steady bombardment of the town.