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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)
General Gillmore having arrived. arrangements were immediately made between him and Rear-Admiral Dahlgren for a descent on Morris Island, where the former was to establish his batteries. The naval part of the operations consisted in assembling all the Monitors at Charleston, so as to cross the bar at early daylight, and be ready to cover the landing of the army, with its guns, munitions, etc.; and then to co-operate in whatever way the army might desire to attack the enemy. On the 9th of July all was in readiness. In the combined attack which followed, the Catskill, Montauk, Nahant, and Weehawken were laid in line parallel with the land opposite the southern eminences of Morris Island, and they poured in such a steady fire upon the Confederate batteries at that point that they made but a feeble show of fight. At 8 o'clock the troops that had been brought from the Folly River by the boats of the squadron advanced to the attack; and, under the covering fire of the Monitors, oc