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n 1857, of William Walker the filibuster, also worked most efficiently, under the direction of the navy department, in boards to report on iron-clads and also on the enemy's coast. In that momentous early success of the war, the capture of Port Royal (Nov. 7, 1861), he was fleet captain, and his promptness in surveying immediately the channel for the larger vessels had much to do with the ultimate success. Flag-Officer Dupont says: By the skill of Commander Davis, the fleet captain, and Mr. Boutelle, the able assistant of the coast survey, in charge of the steamer Vixen, the channel was immediately found, sounded out and buoyed. Ammen's Atlantic Coast, p. 18. (The Navy in the Civil War.) The admirable plan of the attack is also understood to have been due largely to him. He was in charge of a project which finally proved rather abortive, of sinking what was called a stone fleet in the main ship channel of Charleston harbor (Dec. 20, 1861), and afterwards in Sullivan's Island ch