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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
e was picked up by the schooner Colby, of Buckport, Maine, and restored to the steamer Rhode Island. The poor fellows in this boat suffered great hardships, and their adventures would form by themselves an interesting chapter of incidents. Lieutenant-Commander Flusser, so prominent under the command of Rear-Admiral Goldsborough, continued to hold his reputation under Rear-Admiral Lee. He was a terror to the marauding troops of the enemy, who made a note of all his movements. On December 9th, 1862. he left Plymouth to operate on the Chowan River, leaving the Southfield, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant C. F. W. Behm, to protect the place. He had not much more than started when the enemy appeared and commenced a heavy musketry fire from the shore. Lieutenant Behm immediately beat to quarters and trained his guns so as to command the Plymouth shore The river-bank was lined with people flying before the Confederates, who were firing alike on friend and foe, and it was difficult for t