“The dead were thrown over the other side of the deck, the wounded carried below: no one flinched but went on loading and firing, taking the place of some comrade killed or wounded as they had been taught to do. But the carnage was something awful . . .

. . . Every 1st and 2nd captains of the guns of the first division was killed or wounded, and the writer with a box of cannon primers in his pocket went from gun to gun firing them as fast as the decimated crews could load them. . . .”

—From Admiral Selfridge’s account