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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
water on the rapids at Alexandria. That will be from March till June; I have lived on Red River and know somewhat of the phases of that stream. Yet, notwithstanding Sherman's warning him that the rise will not take place before March or perhaps June, and the Admiral's repeated asseverations to that effect. Banks pushes on the expedition in April, when the river was falling four inches per day. The following is an extract of a letter from General Halleck to General Banks, dated February 2, 1864: I enclose a copy of a communication from Admiral Porter which shows the condition of Red River and the Atchafalaya. From this it would appear that some delay would occur before any extensive operations can be carried on in that quarter. Suffice to say, all Admiral Porter's letters recommended that no attempt should be made via Red River until the water had actually risen to a height sufficient to insure the success of the expedition. He mentioned the different years in which
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)
arms, who, after all, are the ones who appreciate a brother officer's services on such occasions. One of the points in the efficiency of the iron-clads was the manner in which they had almost closed up the harbor of Charleston against the blockade-runners. We say almost, for, notwithstanding all the watchfulness of the officers on patrol duty, some of these vessels did force their way in, and even succeeded in getting as far as Moultrie, where they thought themselves secure. On February 2d, 1864, at daylight, a beautiful blockade-runner, the Presto, was perceived close under the batteries of Moultrie, which was the first notice of her presence, she having crept in during the night under the management of some daring captain, who was, no doubt, assisted by rangelights. He had anchored close to Moultrie, intending, no doubt, to go up to Charleston as soon as he could get a pilot to take him through the obstructions. Dahlgren at once ordered up the nearest Monitor, and directed