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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
rations in the sounds of North Carolina. It appears that the Confederates had invested Washington, on the Pamlico River, which investment lasted eighteen days, and after a fruitless effort to take the place (which would have been of no use to them if they had succeeded), the enemy retired on the 15th of April. Washington, N. C., had been pretty extensively fortified by the Confederates while they held it, but they had been driven away from it by the Federal forces. On the morning of March 31st the enemy appeared in force, and took possession of their old works (seven miles below the town), which had been built to cut off the water communication. The Commodore Hull and Louisiana (two light-built and vulnerable gun-boats) were at the time stationed at Washington, and, on the appearance of the Confederates, opened fire upon them with their great guns. At 5:45, the enemy took position at Rodman's Point, and opened fire with artillery upon the Commodore Hull, which vessel had bee