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Another mention of the use of the XIII inch bore Seacoast Mortar of 1861 as told by Lieutenant George W. Gift, C.S.N. regarding operational conditions following the C.S.S. Arkansas' passage through the Federal fleet assembled north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 15, 1862.
"The enemy now had a fleet above and below us, and though foiled and angry he made no immediate active effort to do us more harm, other than to shell us incessantly by day, and once by night, with mortar shells. Half a dozen or more thirteen inch mortars kept missiles continually in the air, directed at us. We were twice struck by fragments -- otherwise the business was very harmless."

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