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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
ust 24th. The enemy's fire on Sumter slackened to-day. The fleet has not participated. At 12 o'clock last night the enemy's guns opened on the city, firing fifteen 8-inch Parrott shells. No casualties resulted. Non-combatants are leaving the city in continuous streams. Appearance of Fort Sumter at the close of the attack. On the 24th of August General Gillmore wrote the following dispatches to Washington: Headquarters, Department of the South, Morris Island, S. C., August 24th, 1863. To Major-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-chief: Sir — I have the honor to report the practical demolition of Fort Sumter as the result of the seven days bombardment of the work, during two days of which a powerful northeasterly storm most severely affected the accuracy of our fire. Fort Sumter is to-day a shapeless and harmless mass of ruins. My chief of artillery, Colonel J. W. Turner, reports its destruction so far complete that it is no longer of any avail in the defence o