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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)
nnot 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, the Nahant reports that the obstruction buoys were counted by several officers, and the average number was about eighty (80). The buoys do not seem to be in a continuous line, but as if they were in groups of five or six. There seems to be another short line of larger buoys beyond the first, which I judge to be a separate obstruction across Hog Island Chan