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ORN Series 1, Vol. X: Report of Lieutenant John S. Maury, CSS Hampton, June 21, 1864

[Engagement of Federal fleet with Confederate ironclads and shore batteries at Howlett’s, June 21, 1864.]

Report of Lieutenant [John S.] Maury, C. S. Navy, commanding C. S. S. Hampton.

C. S. S. Hampton,
James River Squadron, June 22, 1864.

Sir: I have the honor of stating that in company with the squadron, by a signal, this vessel got underway and steamed down the river. At 11:30 at Cox’s Wharf we commenced shelling the enemy’s batteries and gunboats at intervals varying from ten minutes to thirty minutes. We fired 11 shell from the forward rifle, 32-pounder, as follows: 2 10-second, 1 15-second, and 8 percussion shell. From the aft 8-inch shell gun we fired 8 shell, as follows: 1 10-second and 7 15-second shell. We continued our fire until 5:30, when we received orders to cease firing and moored into the north bank of the river; got underway at 7:30 and proceeded up the river to our old anchorage. We received no injury to the vessel, nor was there anyone on the vessel hurt.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J[ohn]. S. Maury,
Lieutenant, Commanding.

Flag-Officer J. K. Mitchell.1

Map of the June 21, 1864 Action at Howlett's Bluff

This map shows the June 21, 1864 Action at Howlett’s Bluff, covered in this report by Lt. John S. Maury.



  1. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 10, p. 190
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