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ORN Series 1, Vol. X: Report of Acting Master Newell Graham, commanding U. S. S. Cactus, June 20, 1864

Newell Graham, US Navy, MOLLUS MA Images, Vol. 64, Page 3167

Acting Master Newell Graham filed this report of his ship’s action against Confederate land batteries near White House Landing, Va. on June 20, 1864. (MOLLUS MA Images)

[Report of Acting Master N. Graham, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Cactus, of cooperative engagements in Pamunkey River, June 20, 1864]

[Subenclosure A.]

U. S. S. Cactus,
White House, June 20, 1864.

Sir: I have the honor to report that at 9 o’clock, by your order, I commenced firing my rifled 30-pounder upon the rebel batteries that were attacking our land forces at this place. I expended 28 30-pounder shell with 15-second fuzes, and 3 12-pound percussion shell, at an elevation of 10 degrees. At 11 o’clock I proceeded down the [Pamunkey| River to Cumberland Heights, as directed, to give notice to the U. S. S. Shokokon. At 12:30 o’clock started for White House again. On my way up I expended 3 30-pounder shell, 5, 10, and 15 second fuzes, upon a body of cavalry. At 3 o’clock came to anchor at White House.

Amount of ammunition expended: 31 30-pounder shell, 3 12-pounder percussion shell, 29 15-second, 1 10-second, 1 5-second fuzes, 31 3 ¼ -pound cartridges, 3 1-pound cartridges.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N[ewell]. Graham,
Acting Master, Commanding Cactus.

Lieutenant-Commander C[harles]. A. Babcock,
Commanding U. S. S. Morse, Senior Officer Present.1


  1. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 10, p. 167
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