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The Daily Dispatch: April 11, 1863., [Electronic resource] 9 1 Browse Search
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to Commodore Porter, across the neck of land, for assistance. This was undoubtedly done. It is also well known that Col. Ellett had previously petitioned com. Porter for the control of two formidable gunboat, that he might "sweep the river from Vs refused him; and, doubtless, as soon as Farragut's situation was made known, the matter of command was reconsidered and Ellett's request granted — the wily Porter feeling assured that he (Ellett) was about the only simpleton that could be thrust inEllett) was about the only simpleton that could be thrust into the vortex of almost certain death. Accordingly, the Lancaster, with the Colonel and his brother aboard, in company with another of the ram species, tried a passage of the batteries. The fate of both boats is known; but the miserable wretches who undertook the "job" are no doubt mostly numbered with the dead. That Col. Ellett's brother was on the Lancaster there is scarcely a shade of doubt, for his private papers before us af ford no other conclusion. They are documents that he wou
. Neither the French nor English Consuls are here. [third Dispatch] Charleston, April 9. --Account from Fort Sumter reflect the highest credit on the garrison for coolness and bravery in the recent fight.--When the Monitors were discovered approaching, the men were at dinner. At the sound of the long roll they sprang to their guns with shooting; the battle- flag was run up to the air of "Dixle," played by the band on the parapet, and a salute of thirteen guns fired. Col. Alfred Ellett was the commanding officer of the fort. Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Yates commanded the barbette batteries, and Major Ormsby Blanding the case-mated batteries. The enemy fired eighty shots at the fort of which thirty-four struck. The garrison are eager for the next chance at the Monitors. [official Dispatch] Charleston, April 9. --To Gen. S. Cooper: General W. S. Walker destroyed an armed steamer in the Coosaw river at daylight this morning. No casualties on our side. A