Posted by Mabry Tyson on February 27, 2003 at 03:22:10:
In Reply to: Guns on the Virginia posted by Mabry Tyson on February 27, 2003 at 02:24:02:
Gun #1 was a 7" Brooke rifle, at the bow of the ship.
On March 8, Lt Charles C. Simms of Virginia commanded the first division at gun #1. Simms assumed Executive Officer after Catesby ap Roger Jones assumed command for March 9.
On March 9, Hunter Davidson commanded the first division at the bow gun. Davidson was able to look out from where the galley pipe normally was, just abaft the bow gun.
Richard Curtis says he was an Enlisted Boy at the bow gun (#1) where the Captain of the Gun was James Cuhill, of New Orleans.
He says Charles Dunbar was the sponger and was shot and killed when he went to sponge the gun after the shot of the gun just as they rammed the Cumberland.
Curtis says that a shell from the Minnesota (apparently on March 9), hit the edge of the bow port and badly wounded one of the men at the gun.
Curtis and a quarter-gunner named Sheriff from Baltimore had rifles on March 9 to pick off anyone that showed themselves on the Monitor.
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