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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 31: operations of Farragut's vessels on the coast of Texas, etc. (search)
g the batteries, twelve miles below Donaldsonville, and Farragut says of him: Commander Reed was one of the most enterprising and gallant officers in my squadron, and the very mention of his name was a source of terror to the Confederates--the country could well have spared a better man. No higher eulogium was ever passed upon any officer, and it should be recorded in history. Captain T. A. Jenkins, who was on board, was severely wounded. This brings the narrative of events up to July 28th, 1863. The news of the surrender of Vicksburg had been received in New Orleans, and that of Port Hudson immediately followed. The Father of Waters flowed peacefully to the sea, free and untrammelled. The great chain of slavery was broken, never to be again united. The work of setting free the great artery of the North and South, so essential to our nationality, had been accomplished, and the foul blot of human slavery had disappeared forever from our escutcheon. The squadrons of the