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els to attack the Nashville. The vessel frequently came near the forts, watching an opportunity to run out and perform the part of the Alabama or Florida. The Nashville was armed with a heavy pivot-gun, and, being fast, would no doubt have rivalled the other Confederate cruisers that had done so much injury to our commerce. For this reason she was closely watched, and it was as great a triumph to dispose of such a craft as it would have been to win a considerable victory. On the 27th of February, Commander Worden, on making a reconnaissance, observed that the Nashville had grounded in that portion of the river known as Seven mile reach, and on the 28th at daylight the Commander (now Rear-Admiral) Daniel Ammen. Montauk Seneca and Dawn moved up the river. Worden was able to approach within twelve hundred yards of the Nashville, though under a heavy fire from the fort. The Montauk opened on the privateer, while the gun-boats enfiladed the fort at long range. In a short