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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
of October, 1863, however, they very nearly succeeded. An ingenious torpedo-boat — for the day — was fitted out at Charleston, and placed in charge of Lieutenant W. T. Glassell, of the Confederate navy, with orders to operate against and destroy as many of the ironclads as possible. Glassell was assisted by Captain Theodore StoGlassell was assisted by Captain Theodore Stoney as first-officer, J. H. Toombs, engineer, and Charles Scemps and Joseph Ables as assistants. The vessel belonged to a class known as Davids, and was shaped like a cigar, being supplied with a small engine and propeller, and was of the following dimensions: Length, fifty feet; beam (or diameter), nine feet. For offence, a torpmage to the Ironsides resulted from this explosion, and her salvation was, no doubt. due to a miscalculation of the distance of the torpedo from the hull. Lieutenant Glassell was afterward picked up by a coal schooner, and stated that the explosion had swamped the torpedo-boat, and that he and the two officers with him had been o