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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 18: capture of forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the surrender of New Orleans. (search)
y from the noise of capstans and cables. Before following the fleet in its movements, a word in relation to the advantages and disadvantages of each side will not be amiss. One fact was strongly in favor of the fleet, the division of the Confederate defenses into three branches, viz.: the land forces, the regular naval forces, and the river defense — thus preventing concert of action. The odds were against Farragut in all other respects. The impressions of the French Admiral, and Captain Preedy, of the British Navy,--obtained during a visit to the forts before capture — that it would be an impossibility for the fleet to pass the defenses, did not tend to augment hopes of capture; but the washing away of the obstructions and rafts by the strong current restored confidence, and the advance was made with ardor. It was half-past 2 o'clock before the fleet was fully under way. The strong current impeded their progress to such an extent that it lacked but a quarter of three o'cloc