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Civil War letter of Myron Adams, August 19, 1864

Mobile Bay Campaign, August 1864

Surrender of the Tennessee,

Battle of Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864 (print, ca. 1894)

Library of Congress,

Prints and Photographs Division

Location
Pearce Museum at Navarro College, Corsicana, Tex.
Background
Myron Adams was U.S. Navy lieutenant; he served as signal officer aboard the screw sloop-of-war USS Lackawanna.
Contents
Letter containing Adams's eyewitness account of Union operations during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala. (Aug. 5, 1864). Includes descriptions of Adm. David G. Farragut leading a combined Union force in an effort to close the bay to blockade running, Union ships receiving devastating fire from Confederate Forts Gaines and Morgan and other points guarding the entrance to the bay, details of casualties Adams witnessed aboard the USS Lackawanna, and a hand drawn map of the line of battle showing position of ships, the mouth of Mobile Bay, and Forts Morgan and Gaines.
Adams provides an eyewitness account of Union operations during Aug. 1864 to close Mobile Bay to blockade running. On Aug. 5, 1864 Admiral David G. Farragut led a combined Union Force into Mobile Bay and received devastating fire from Forts Gaines and Morgan and other points guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay. Adams's letter details the casualties he witnessed aboard the Lackawanna:
"Could you imagine anything more terribly tragic, than to be shut up in a little room, hearing the two hundred pound rifles thundering continuously above your head, and feeling that the next moment might be your last? But the real tragedy had hardly commenced. Soon the enemy's shell came crashing, tearing, bursting through our decks, and the howling groaning, cursing and praying of dying and wounded men was mingled with the fearful thunder of the guns. Into the little closed room where I was, the wounded were lowered. Blood flowed in streams. Parts of human bodies were sent below, & parts were strewn upon the decks above. The doctors were singling out those who were to die & those who might live."

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