vigor of these two engagements — the first lasting more than two hours, the second at least seven--the Confederate battery was found, after inspection, to have sustained no material damage.
On the 5th of April the enemy's force had materially increased in the Stono and the North Edisto.
His iron-clads, including the frigate New Ironsides and eight monitors, had crossed the outer bar and cast anchor in the main channel.
No doubt could be had of their intention.
Two days later,--on the 7th,--a date ever memorable in the annals of the late war, the signal for the attack on Fort Sumter, so long anticipated and so long delayed, was finally given.
First steamed up, in line, one following the other, the Weehawken, the Passaic, the Montauk, and the Patapsco, four single-turreted monitors.
The New Ironsides, the flag-ship of the fleet, came next.
Then came the Catskill, the Nantucket, the Nahant, three other single-turreted monitors.
The double-turreted Keokuk was the eighth,