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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
essary. The Confederates were not slow to take advantage of the lull which had taken place after the storm of shot and shell that had been poured down upon their devoted heads, and their torpedo corps went to work to fit out another David (or torpedoboat), after the plan, with improvements, of the one that had attempted to blow up the Ironsides. The first attempt was such a complete failure that the Federal officers on the outside blockade had grown somewhat careless. As early as January 14, 1864, the Navy Department had written to Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, informing him that it had received notice that the Confederates had on foot a plan to blow up his fleet, and that it considered it of sufficient importance to notify him of it. Dahlgren, however, did not think that such a plan would be carried out against the vessels blockading outside of the harbor, but only against the iron-clads on the inside; but, at the same time, thought it advisable to give notice to the officers on the o