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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)
al 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 of necessity. Farragut sailed on the 20th of January, 1862, with the following orders from the Secretary of the Navy: There will be attached to your squadron a fleet of bomb-vessels, and armed steamers enough to manage them, all under command of Corn. D. D. Porter, who will be directed to report to you. As fast as these vessels are got ready they will be sent to Key West to await the arrival of all, and the commanding officers will be permitted to organize and practice with them at that point. When these formidable mortars arrive, and