The moment chosen to commemorate this grandest of Naval Battles is about three o'clock in the morning, that most critical time of the fight, when the flag ship Hartford, which looms up in the left of the picture, is assailed by a fire raft which has been urged upon her by the ram Manasses. The noble Hartford is forced aside from her course and is run aground under the guns of Fort St. Philip. These she at once silences, while her crew extinguishes the flames from the raft, which, by this time, were climbing fiercely through the tangled masses of her rigging. Off to the right the Brooklyn leads the van of the column. In the distance, as orderly as if upon parade, the Richmond, Pensacola, and Mississippi hold their way half concealed in the smoke of their death-dealing guns, while far below, from the mortar fleet is hurled showers of huge bombs. On either side, the forts of the enemy are giving furious answer to this rain of fire and death. This splendid historical work of art was painted under the supervision of Admiral Farragut and other prominent officers. [P. 9.]
Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts. Catalogue of the Second Exhibition at Wiswell's Gallery, No. 70 West Fourth Street. 1868-9. Price fifteen cents. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., Printers, 65 West Fourth St.