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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 26: siege of Vicksburg. (search)
s Cliffs the Era made the prearranged signal of danger ahead, soon after which. I made out the rebel steamer Webb. Before I got within range of the Webb she had turned and was standing down stream with great speed. I fired two shots from the 11-inch guns but both fell short of her. She soon ran out The iron clad Indianola. of sight, and in consequence of a thick fog setting in I could not continue the chase but was obliged to anchor. I reached the mouth of the Red River on the 17th of February, from which time until the 21st of the same month I maintained a strict blockade at that point. I could procure no Red River pilots and therefore did not enter that river. The Era No 5, being unarmed, and having several prisoners on board, Colonel Ellet decided to go up the river and communicate with the squadron, and sailed at noon on the 18th of the same month for that purpose. On learning that the Queen of the West had been repaired by the rebels, and was nearly ready for serv
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
d it of sufficient importance to notify him of it. Dahlgren, however, did not think that such a plan would be carried out against the vessels blockading outside of the harbor, but only against the iron-clads on the inside; but, at the same time, thought it advisable to give notice to the officers on the outer blockade, so that they might be on their guard. Notwithstanding these precautions, the Confederates managed to get one of their torpedo-boats over the bar, and on the night of the 17th of February the fine new ship Housatonic, while lying at anchor off Charleston, in a most convenient position to be attacked by torpedo-boats, was destroyed under the following circumstances: At about 8:45 P. M., the officer of the deck on board the Housatonic, Acting-Master J. K. Crosby, discovered something in the water, about one hundred yards away, moving towards the ship. All the officers in the squadron had been informed of the character of the Davids, and what they looked like on the wat