APRIL 23RD, 1862: Brigadier General Duncan, the commander of Fort Jackson, wrote General Lowell in New Orleans: "Heavy and continued bombardment all night, and still progressing. No further casualties, except two men slightly wounded.
"God is certainly protecting us. We are still cheerful, and have an abiding faith in our ultimate success. We are making repairs as best we can. Our barbette guns are still in working order. Most of them have been disabled at times.
"The health of the troops continues good. twenty-five thousand [actually about five thousand] XIII-inch shells have been fired by the enemy, thousands of which fell in the fort. They must soon exhaust themselves; if not, we can stand it as long as they can."
Getting near the End, Though. --Old B-R'er