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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
at the time. The statements of the persons who knew anything of the matter, and were acceptable, differ as to which of these were used first. According to Mr. Smith, who had been actually employed on this work, the rope obstructions were first put down in 1861, formed into one continuous line, and floated across the channel separation had generally been effected before any of them were seen by us. They may have .been encased in the timbers, or suspended from them, as described by Mr. Smith; but in any case they would have been difficult to remove under the heavy fire of the rebel works. It is probable, from the several statements, that whenever the David or torpedo-boat, found in Charleston. 17 and 18. Sketch of rebel ram Columbia, captured with Charleston. 12, 16, 17 and 18 are by Second-Assistant-Engineer Smith. All the rest were made under the supervision of Captain Boutelle, of the coast survey, and with great care, from actual samples. The foregoing conve