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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)
down to the lower bay to await a fair wind and get to sea when an opportunity offered. Yet the steamers that did attempt to run the blockade often failed, as was the case with the Will-o‘--the-Wisp (steamer), which was burned off Galveston by an expedition under Lieutenant O. E. McKay, of the Princess Royal. The Will-o‘--Wisp had been run on shore off the harbor of Galveston, where she was caught in the act of landing some heavy guns, and was chased on shore. On the night of the 9th of February, 1865, a boat expedition was fitted out by Commander M. B. Woolsey, consisting of two boats' crews, one from the Princess Royal, and the other from the gun-boat Antona, the whole under command of Lieutenant McKay, with orders to go in and destroy the steamer and prevent her landing the arms and stores she had on board. The boats shoved off from the Princess Royal between 2 and 3 A. M., while the ship and the Antona moved in toward shore and took up a position about nine hundred yards from