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Richmond Ironclads at Trent's Reach
Enhanced (to adjust grayscale) detail taken from Library of Congress photo: LC-B811- 2475

The Obstructions: 
The Boom & Net

The boom of chained masts floats in the foreground while the trees on Farrar’s Island hide the torpedo hut controlling the U.S. mines in the channel. Along the water's edge (left) are barrels buoying the net which caught the drifting mines released by the Confederate Army. An exceptionally polite note from the C.S. Navy to the C.S. Army pointed out that the entangled torpedoes were not harming the U.S. Navy but would pose an extreme hazard to Confederate sailors trying to cut the net during the attack.
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