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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
es are that they will be driven back and cut to pieces or captured in the retreat. Whether Rear-Admiral Dahlgren considered these matters or not is not known, but he nevertheless determined to make a naval assault on Sumter on the night of September 8th. The supposition is that he did not consider military assistance requisite. Viewed as a military move, the attempt to assault Sumter was a grave mistake; there was no necessity for it, and General Gillmore was already moving forward his hea was possible, but that the squadron could go up to the Charleston wharves. Again, we say, that the best endorsement of DuPont's opinions is the hard work of Rear-Admiral Dahlgren from the first cooperation with General Gillmore, July 10th, to the unfortunate assault of September 8th on Sumter, two months in which the fleet never succeeded in passing the fort that was useless for all offensive purposes. With this chapter ends the operations of the Navy before Charleston to October, 1863.
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)
r 7) that some ironclads or gun-boats were not engaged with the enemy's works. The following table will exhibit the work done by the fleet from July 18th to September 8th: Date. 1863. Object. Vessels engaged. July 18. Assault on Wagner Montauk, Ironsides, Catskill, Nantucket, Weehawken, Patapsco, Paul Jones, Ottawa, Senecdes, Weehawken, Montauk, Passaic, Patapsco, Nahant, Lehigh. Sept. 7. Batteries on Sullivan's Island Ironsides, Patapsco, Lehigh, Nahant, Montauk, Weehawken. Sept. 8. Batteries on Sullivan's Island Ironsides, Nahant, Patapsco, Lehigh, Montauk, Weehawken. Service of iron-clads: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Shots f  1,300 Wagner.   Sept. 5. New Ironsides. 32 1 1,800 Gregg. Hit from Gregg. On July 29th, the Passaic engaged Wagner, and on August 31st Moultrie. On September 8th, the Passaic (in a disabled condition), Patapsco, Weehawken, and Nahant engaged Moultrie. This was scant justice to an officer who had so well maintained t