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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
the obstructions, or else sinking others, etc. Ensign Porter, who was very active and daring, assured me that chains formed some part of the obstructions, as he had been close enough to the buoys to feel them. The buoys themselves were visible to the eye from the picket Monitors which were stationed in the advance. Their reports, being verbal at first, cannot now be quoted; but subsequently I directed them to be made in writing. Captain J. L. Davis, commanding the Montauk, reports 25th September: At low water to-day, a rip was discovered extending from Fort Sumter in a line to the western end of the buoys, stretching from near Moultrie in a westerly direction across the channel. At first I thought it was the meeting of the tides, but as it did not alter position I came to the conclusion some hidden obstructions might be there. September 26th, the Catskill reports a steamer plying between Sumter and Moultrie on the previous night, supported by two iron-clads. On the 27th