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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)
ned 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 Moultrie and adjacent batteries. Signal was at once made to all the Monitors to get under-way and cover the Lehigh, and the Admiral himself went up in the Passaic to attend the operations in person. The Nahant, Lieutenant-Commander Cornwell, was already alongside the Lehigh, and, by getting out hawsers, succeeded in towing her off at high water. Both vessels were subjected to a brisk fire, but