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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
rd consenting to do so, a telegram was sent to Lieut. Porter as follows: Give the Powhatan up to Capt. Mercer. April 6, 1861. Seward. While the ship was lying off Tompkinsville, Staten Island, waiting for the boat to return that had carr obey them. He telegraphed back: I received my orders from the President, and shall proceed and execute them. April, 6, 1861. D. D. Porter. The boat was hoisted up, the ship's head put seaward, and the Powhatan proceeded on her voyage. had taken all the necessary precautions to secure Fort Pickens against an attack from the enemy. It was not until April 6, 1861, the day on which the Powhatan and Atlantic left New York for Pensacola, that Mr. Secretary Welles answered the letter of Capt. Adams as follows: Navy Department, April 6, 1861. To Capt. H. A. Adams, Commanding Naval Force off Pensacola. Sir — Your dispatch of April 1st is received. The department regrets that you did not comply with the request of Capt.