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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)
ing which there was a good deal of hard work and the usual display of gallantry on the part of the Navy, under the guns of which the Army safely re embarked. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren speaks handsomely of his staff, and particularly mentions the services of Commander Balch and Lieutenant-Commanders Semmes, Fillebrown, A. W. Johnson, R. L. Phythian, and Acting-Masters Phinney and Furber. This was about the last operation of any importance that occurred in the South Atlantic squadron up to October 22, when the account of its operations for the year ended. Some minor expeditions were undertaken — in one of which the brig Perry lost fifteen men in killed, wounded and prisoners — and in another a schooner loaded with cotton was set on fire and burned by a party of brave fellows; but we miss the exciting scenes which occurred in the attacks on the batteries of Charleston, where the officers and men fought persistently for so many days and nights, demonstrating their capacity to command, a