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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
transfer our history to that quarter. Before leaving the Sounds of North Carolina, we cannot but express our unqualified admiration at the happy manner in which the Army and Navy co-operated, and the brilliant results which followed from the skill and energy displayed by both branches of the service. The Federal forces had not yet gained entire possession of the interior waters of the Sound, but that came a few months later, and will all be narrated in its proper place. On the 9th of July, 1862, an expedition was fitted out from Goldsborough's fleet for the examination of certain rivers leading into the Sounds of North Carolina, in order to ascertain whether the enemy was fortifying the river banks or building men-of-war at the small towns in the interior. The expedition consisted of the Commodore Perry, Lieut. C. W. Flusser; the Ceres. Lieut. John McDiarmid; and the Shawsheen, Acting-Master T. T. Woodward, with a detachment of about forty soldiers in addition to their regu
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 34: (search)
will give a brief sketch of them. There was great danger in some of the expeditions, and good judgment and gallantry shown in all. Lieutenant C. W. Flusser, who has already figured as a brave and energetic officer, was a leading spirit in every enterprise set on foot. He seemed to delight in making explorations where little was to be gained except hard knocks, and it is remarkable that in the severe river-fighting to which he was exposed he did not sooner lose his life. On the 9th of July, 1862, he left Plymouth for Hamilton in the steamer Commodore Perry, having taken on board Captain W. W. Hammell, Company F., 9th New York Volunteers, and twenty of his men, with the steamers Shawsheen and Ceres in company; the latter vessel having on board Second-Lieutenant Joseph A. Green and ten men. While ascending the river, at 1 o'clock P. M., the flotilla was fired upon from the south bank by riflemen. Flusser returned the fire and pushed on, expecting to meet the enemy at Hamilton