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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
with the addition of others, were anchored at one end in two lines, and rode to the tide. It is probable that the casks seen on the 7th April were the turpentine barrels of this obstruction; and, moreover, a plan of the entrance, signed by Major Echols, engineer, shows the double line of rope obstructions. In the summer of 1863 the boom of railroadiron was placed, consisting of several timbers banded into a mass and floating the railroad bars. And this account is so far confirmed that inossible to cut it loose when under fire. That the rope obstructions were in use before I took command, and afterwards, is satisfactorily ascertained from other evidence than that of Mr. Gray. A plan of the harbor of Charleston, signed by Major Echols, Confederate Engineer. and dated April, 1863, exhibits two lines of obstructions, designated as rope obstructions, the general direction being from Sumter to a point midway between Fort Moultrie and Battery Bee. The delineation shows a num