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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 34: (search)
ged in blockading the coast. With regard to the bombardment, the reports of both Army and Navy are somewhat obscure, but it appears that a good deal of damage was inflicted upon the fort in spite of a heavy sea, which rendered the firing from the vessels somewhat uncertain. The gun-boats themselves suffered little damage. On May 5, 1862, Yorktown was evacuated by the Confederates, and General McClellan telegraphed to Captain Wm. Smith of the Wachusett to assist in communicating with Gloucester and to send some of the gun-boats up York River to reconnoitre. The flotilla was immediately underway, and proceeded to Gloucester Point, where the American flag was hoisted. The Corwin, Lieutenant T. S. Phelps, and the Currituck, Acting-Master W. F. Shankland, pushed on some twelve miles further up. Commander T. H. Patterson, in the Chocura, proceeded up the river as far as Lieutenant-Commander (now Rear-Admiral) T. S. Phelps. West Point, which had been deserted by the enemy. W