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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 18: capture of forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the surrender of New Orleans. (search)
e Varuna sunk after a gallant fight. the Hartford attacked by fire rafts. brave words of Farragut. the ram Manassas attacks the Hartford and Brooklyn. the little Itasca. graphic scenes. Farragut on his way to New Orleans. the ram Manassas destroyed. the Chalmette batteries. forts Jackson and St. Philip capitulate. Flag of truce violated. explosion of the Louisiana. Miscellaneous incidents. Farragut before New Orleans. congratulatory letters of Hon. Gideon Welles. On the 12th of November. 1861, President Lincoln ordered that a naval expedition should be fitted out for the capture of New Orleans. Captain David G. Farragut was detailed for the command of this expedition, with the title of Flag-officer. and efficient mortar flotilla was fitted out under Com. David D. Porter, and attached to the force. Besides the mortar vessels, there were in the flotilla seven steamers to manage the former in the swift current of the Mississippi, and to aid them with their fire in case