Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Richmond Ironclads at Trent's Reach
                        Photograph
Library of Congress LC-DIG-cwpb-01513

Death Waits Beyond the Rear Turret


Ranged along Howlett Heights, Confederate gunners could decide at any moment to fire on the Onondaga, which sits in a killing zone. It is oriented in the river so as to offer less of a target and keep its two turrets clear to fight. Meanwhile, the cameraman's boat crew hides behind the ironclad’s bulk. The Onondaga was the only U.S. ironclad guarding City Point when the C.S. fleet sallied around the bend on January 23, 1865.
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