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e wishes of the government, and meet, if possible, the public expectations.
To understand the harbor of Charleston, with its intricate shoals and channels, requires the study of a chart.
In some respects it resembles the harbor of New York, although it is on a much smaller scale.
The city of Charleston stands on a neck of land, bounded by two rivers, and projecting into a narrow bay. The bay was protected by Fort Pinkney, Fort Ripley, Fort Moultrie, Fort Beauregard.
Fort Sumter, Battery Bee, Battery Gregg, Battery Wagner, etc. These defences were so placed that a vessel attempting to pass Sumter would be under a cross-fire from them all. every fort being armed with the heaviest and most destructive ordnance then known.
After crossing the bar. there were several channels leading into Charleston harbor — the Main-Ship Channel. North Channel and Swash Channel.
In taking either of these, a vessel would be under a raking and cross fire.
Should she get by Sumter, she would still