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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
arle from reaching Plymouth; but, although piles were driven and the river partially blockaded, as events proved, the obstructions had no power to delay the advance of the Confederate vessels. In response to a resolution of the House of Representives, calling for information in regard to the capture of Plymouth through want of assistance from the Navy, the Secretary of the Navy sent to the Speaker copies of a number of communications, among them the following: Navy Department, September 17, 1863. Sir — I have the honor to present for your consideration a subject of great importance connected with the maintaining possession of the sounds of North Carolina. Information received from time to time places it beyond doubt that the rebels are constructing, and have almost completed, at Edward's Ferry, near Weldon, on the Roanoke River, a ram and an ironclad floating battery. It is reported that these vessels will be completed in the course of five or six weeks. It is further r