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Not a rifleman in those crouching ranks, not a cannoneer at those masked and shotted guns, but knows the needs of the situation, the imperative duty of forbearance.
Victory's starboard gunners pounded Redoubtable with broadside after broadside of fire from all three decks with her 32-, 24- and 12-pounder guns double and triple shotted.
His formal orders to Decatur stated, "The destruction of the Philadelphia is an object of great importance"; they gave strict instructions that "after the ship is well on fire, [Decatur was to] point two of the eighteen-pounders, shotted, down the main hatch, and blow her bottom out.