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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
our vessels, only two of which were of any force, to defend the place against an iron-clad represented to be almost a match for the far-famed Merrimac. Although the attack commenced on the 18th, and lasted until the 20th, no vessels were sent from the naval forces in the sounds or soldiers from the military posts at other points. Major-General Peck, commanding at Newbern, writes to General Butler as follows: Headquarters, Army of The District of North Carolina, Newbern, N. C., April 20th, 1864. General: * * * * * The enemy have appeared in force in front of Plymouth, and attacked the place. The ram has sunk the Southfield, disabled the Miami, and passed below Plymouth. The sound is probably by this time in possession of the enemy, and Roanoke Island will undoubtedly soon be attacked, if it has not been already. Washington, N. C., is also threatened. Firing has been heard in that direction all night and this morning. Unless we are immediately and strongly reinforced, b