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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 28: passage of the fleet by Vicksburg and capture of Grand Gulf.--capture of Alexandria, etc. (search)
he Red River. Fort Derussy partially destroyed. capture of Alexandria. General Banks takes possession up the Black River. Harrisonburg shelled. operations of the Mississippi squadron summarized. The Army had already moved on the 15th of April, 1863, and that night was selected for the naval vessels to pass the batteries of Vicksburg. Orders had been given that the coal in the furnaces should be well ignited, so as to show no smoke, that low steam should be carried, that not a wheelrough the iron. Some rents were made but the vessels stood the ordeal bravely and received no damage calculated to impair their efficiency. The Mississippi Squadron, under Admiral Porter, passing the batteries at Vicksburg on the night of April 15, 1863. The management of the vessels on this occasion was virtually in the hands of the pilots, who handled them beautifully and kept them in line at the distance apart ordered. The enemy's shot was not well aimed; owing to the rapid fire of