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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
floating dockyards. There were women and children on board the East Indianan, but they were all transferred to the Alabama, and that night they were treated to the sight of a burning vessel; but, as much of their personal property went up in the flames, it is not likely that they enjoyed the spectacle to any great extent. It can be said to Semmes' credit, however, that he showed these poor people all attention, and made them as comfortable as circumstances would permit. About the 16th of November the Alabama sighted the island of Dominica, the first land she had made since leaving Terceira in the Azores. Semmes now put his vessel under steam and ran for Martinique — where he expected to meet his coalship — passed close by the harbor of St. Pierre, to see that there were no United States ships-of-war there, and then into the harbor of Port de France, where he came to anchor. Here the Alabama landed her prisoners and took on board what stores she needed; but Semmes did not att
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)
cause of an implied reflection on his ability to decide whether a proper force had been placed at his disposal or not. About eight hundred and fifty shells were fired by the Navy at the ruins of Fort Sumter, which helped to crumble the works more and more; but that business had better have been left to General Gillmore with his siege-guns, and the attack of the Monitors should have been turned upon Moultrie and Beauregard, where their rifle projectiles would have done good service. On November 16th more congenial work offered. General Gillmore telegraphed: The enemy have opened a heavy fire on Cummings' Point. Will you have some of your vessels move up, so as to prevent an at-tack by boats on the sea-face of the Point? That night the Monitors moved up at about 10 o'clock, and boats were placed on patrol to prevent any attack of the enemy at the place indicated. On November 17th the Lehigh grounded, and the enemy, perceiving her dilemma, opened heavily on her from Fort Moultri