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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
he greatest coolness, and the officers and men sat down to their meals as if nothing was going on — shells bursting in the air and falling alongside, and shot and rifle-shell crashing through the woods and tearing up trees by the roots. On the fifth day, the fire from the forts on the head of the first division was very rapid and troublesome. One hundred and twenty-five shots fell close to the vessels in one hour and thirty minutes, without, however, doing them any damage beyond hitting the Para, the headmost vessel, and cutting up the rigging and masts. The fire of the enemy had been attracted to the mastheads of one of the large ships which had been moved up, and which they could see over the woods. I deemed it prudent to move three of them two or three lengths, much to the annoyance of the officers, who seemed indisposed to yield an inch. Still, my duty was to look out for the vessels and not have them destroyed. The Norfolk Packet got a piece of a shell through her decks, and
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
,154 26 do Feb. 29, 1864 Montgomery. Schooner Charmer Waiting for prize list of the Oleander. 700 00 129 00 571 00 Key West   Sagamore, Oleander, Beauregard, Para. Sloop Clara Louisa 153 00 90 11 62 89 do Feb. 29, 1864 Sagamore. Sloop Clotilda 7,533 86 762 39 6,771 47 do Feb. 29, 1864 McLellan. Schooner Crazy Jane 14 1,351 71 Philadelphia   Powhatan, New Ironsides, Canandaigua, Housatonic, Paul Jones, Huron, Unadilla, Marblehead, Wamsutta, Augusta, Lodona, Stettin, Dandelion, Para, South Carolina. Steamer Cuba, cargo of 778 84 129 54 649 20 Key West Mar. 29, 1864 De Soto. Schooner Comet, No. 2 3,669 06 665 86 3,003 20 do Mar. 29, 1864 mer Secesh 19,080 46 1,394 77 17,685 69 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 Canandaigua, New Ironsides, Powhatan, Wamsutta, Paul Jones, Lodona, Housatonic, Huron, Unadilla, Para, Stettin, Augusta. Schooner Southern Rights 554 24 133 53 420 71 Key West April 12, 1864 Sagamore. Schooner Star 800 00 168 51 631 49 do July 6, 1864 Brookly