APRIL 24TH, 1862: Flag Officer Farragut's fleet ran past Forts Jackson and St. Philip and engaged the defending Confederate flotilla. At 2:00 a.m., the USS Hartford had shown Farragut's signal for the fleet to get underway in three divisions to steam through the breach in the obstructions which had been opened earlier by the USS Pinola and Itasca.
A withering fire from the forts was answered by roaring broadsides from the forts. The Hartford grounded in the swift current by Fort St. Philip, was set afire by a Confederate firecraft. Farragut's leadership and the disciplined training of the crew saved the flagship.
A Sad Day for the Confederacy. April Was Not a Nice Month. --Old B-Runner