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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Confederate States Navy. (search)
n the enemy as soon as that vessel could be used as a steamer. General Duncan, who commanded the fortifications of the department, and Colonee gun-boats were in canister range. The passages through which General Duncan thought the enemy could not pass were the very ones Farragut pry many for not placing the Louisiana in the position desired by General Duncan. Had the Louisiana been moored below Fort Saint Phillip there by Commodore Porter, of the enemy's mortar fleet, be accepted. General Duncan and officers appealed to the men to stand by their colors and ce mutineers were firm, and insisted on an immediate surrender. General Duncan then promised that the forts should be surrendered at daylight. night! When the McRae came down the river, in the summer of 1861, Duncan had command of the forts. I heard him say one day that all the vesng compared to what they were in 1861. It did not seem to occur to Duncan that the English ships were sailing vessels, sailing against a stro