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US Navy Mortar Schooners shattered Fort Jackson in 1862. US Navy Bomb Vessels Photo of a bomb vessel of the type that blasted Forts Jackson and St. Phillip on the Mississippi River, 18-23 April, 1862. Captain David Porter commanded twenty-one of these US Navy mortar schooners during the attack. Flag-Officer (later Rear Admiral) David Farragut held overall command of the operation. The use of "bomb vessels" by naval units was not new. The concept dated back to the 16th century. Mechanics of mortars The use of mortars on naval vessels was not much different than their use on land. Mortars...
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