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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ting the obstructions from the Monitors and New Ironsides, so that no one could tell any more of their character than was known to Dupont when lie relinquished his command. To show the Confederate determination to hold Charleston at all hazards, we here insert tile circular of General Ripley. It shows that the Confederates were alive to everything necessary to circumvent an enemy. Circular.Headquarters First Military District, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Charleston, December 26, 1862. In case the proposed attack on this harbor is known beforehand, special directions will be given for the service of the different batteries. As, however, it may happen that a surprise may be attempted, or that the intervening time between the knowledge of the intention and the event may be too short, the instructions hereinafter contained will be carefully attended to. Each commanding officer of a fort or battery will give his attention immediately to the strengthening of his c
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
l way the existence and locality of the obstructions; but their opportunities for observation were seldom as good as our own, for none but those engaged in the work were allowed opportunities of knowing more than could be seen from a short distance, and the rebels were singularly fortunate in the precautions to keep their own counsel as to the nature of the submerged defences. The general existence of obstructions at an early date was set forth in a circular order of General Ripley (December 26, 1862, regarding the defence to be made against our attack. In speaking of these impediments it says: The obstructions will also be designated, and under no circumstances will the enemy be permitted to reconnoitre them. Besides the obstructions at the entrance, the middle channel was closed by a double row of piles extending some distance across the harbor, which were distinctly visible when the first operations were initiated against Charleston. In the Hog Island Channel was also a