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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 6: siege of Knoxville.--operations on the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia. (search)
vis; Huron, Lieutenant-Commander G. A. Stevens. at the beginning of April. On the night of Sunday, the 5th, April, 1863. in the light of a full moon, the air calm and serene, Dupont anchored his fleet off Charleston bar, himself on board the James Adger, in which he had come up from Port Royal. Already, during the afternoon, Commander Rhind, with the Keokuk, The Keokuk was a double-turreted vessel, which had lately been built at New York. The turrets were immovable, the guns being arranger it, leaving the Keokuk on the ways. gun-boats, under the general command of Captain Green, outside the bar, as a squadron of reserve, to assist in an attack on Morris Island, should one be made. Dupont had now transferred his flag from the Adger to the New Ironsides from which he intended to direct the movements of his squadron, and in which he determined to share in the labors and dangers of the impending conflict. The works around Charleston harbor to be attacked were numerous and f
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
lroad bridges, two iron-clad steamers, and some vessels in the ship-yard, were destroyed. Many of the cannon about the city were temporarily disabled; and a 600-pounder Blakely gun, stationed at a huge mound which had been thrown up at the angle of East Bay and South Battery, for the purposes of a magazine and battery, was exploded that it might not fall into the hands of the Nationals. The shock of that explosion nearly ruined a fine mansion opposite. The remains of the great gun were at Adger's wharf when the writer sketched them, The Union Generals> at the close of March, 1866. The dimensions of the breech (four feet three inches in diameter) are indicated by the figure of a man, standing by the side of it. The projectile of this monster rifled cannon, weighing six hundred Blakely bolt. Grains of power. pounds, is also here delineated, together with three grains of the powder employed in projecting the bolt, drawn the exact size of the original. The evacuation of Char