Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Richmond Ironclads at Trent's Reach
Photograph
Detail from Library of Congress photo: LC-DIG-cwpb-01767

The USS Onondaga Stands Watch


In this photographic variation of the previous engraving, the double-turreted Onondaga (shown in distance, center of photo) flaunts herself in Trent’s Reach, taunting the Confederates near Dr. Howlett’s house. U.S. monitors used the Howlett Line for target practice and in one session the Onondaga rained almost 10,000 pounds of iron on the heights. “Picket launches" Nos. 3 (right), 4 (center), and 5 (left) wait in the safe zone behind Farrar’s Island.
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