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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)
as many as possible of the vessels alongside the Louisiana, have each one make fast to her, let go two anchors, and then fight it out on that line. No attack was made, however, and the iron-clad lost an opportunity to strike a final blow, which she could have inflicted even with her machinery in a defective condition. Meanwhile Farragut had passed on up the river, leaving one or two gun-boats to guard the lazaretto. The right-of-way was disputed at Jackson's old battle ground of January 8, 1815, by the Chalmette batteries. These works — on both sides of the river — mounted twenty heavy guns, and were prepared to receive the approaching vessels, coming up in two columns at their best speed. The vessels that had passed the forts below, gave short account of these batteries, though the work was very sharp while it lasted, especially on account of the time during which the slow ships were held under a raking fire. From this point resistance ceased, and about noon on the 2