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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
isk the lives of officers and men. This was the case on this occasion, as there was a force of three hundred cavalry at the point where the Delphina was burned. The Confederates were very watchful and alert in getting vessels ready for sea and loaded with cotton bales, but the blockaders were equally so; and, if we may judge by the results, much more active in the pursuit of the blockade-runners and in the capture of them than their owners were in getting their wares to market. On February 8, 1865, an expedition was fitted out by Commander Mullany, of the Bienville, assisted by Commander Woolsey, of the Princess Royal, for the purpose of destroying the steamer Wren, a blockade-runner lying in the harbor of Galveston, and also of capturing two cotton-ladened schooners that were lying at anchor under the forts, ready to go to sea when the wind and weather permitted. Two boats were sent on this expedition, viz.: The Bienville's first cutter, with thirteen men, Acting-Ensign Georg