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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
ebels will, no doubt, claim a victory. A failure is half a victory. They foreshadowed the failure in their papers, and stated what would be the cause, which came true. I am, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Washington, D. C. Letter of Rear-Admiral D. D. Porter relative to the alleged unnecessary delay in the attack. North Atlantic Squadron, U. S. Flag-Ship Malvern, Beaufort, N. C., January 9, 1865. Sir — I understand that there is now an attempt being made to create an impression that I delayed much longer than necessary, and could have attacked on the 18th as well as the 24th. I don't see what that has to do with the question under discussion. We went down to silence the batteries, demoralize the men in the forts, so that the Army could easily assault the works. It would be a matter of no consequence whether this was done on the 18th or the 25th, as long as we did our shar
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
lled and 2 wounded; Powhatan, 3 killed, 19 wounded and 7 missing; Minnesota, 13 killed and 23 wounded; Colorado, 3 killed, 14 wounded and 8 missing; Nereus, 3 killed and 3 wounded; Pequot, 3 killed and 5 wounded; Gettysburg, 6 killed and 6 wounded; Mackinaw, 2 wounded; Mohican, 12 killed. Total — Killed, 74; wounded, 213; missing, 22.--Total killed, wounded and missing, 309. General order on second attack. [special order no. 10.]North Atlantic Squadron, Flag-Ship Malvern, January 9, 1865. The following vessels will form a separate line, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Upshur, for the purpose of landing the provisions and stores for the army, viz.: A. D. Vance, Fort Donaldson, Aries, Emma, Lillian, Tristram Shandy, Britannia and Wilderness. The Nansemond, Moccasin and Little Ada will act as messengers, as before. It is proposed now that the troops shall be first landed before any attack is made on the fort by all the vessels. The Brooklyn will lead in w