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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
after its evacuation by our troops, I proceeded up the river to reconnoitre reported batteries in progress at Port Hudson, Louisiana, and also coal my vessel at Bayou Sara, the only place I could obtain any, save New Orleans. Arriving there, I found the town entirely deserted, and the coal burning. Sending a boat's crew on shore but earthworks were in progress, and whilst destroying these I had the misfortune to burst my heavy 10-inch gun. The Anglo-American not arriving, I returned to Bayou Sara, where we were again fired at from buildings left, on which I ordered those remaining to be destroyed. The Anglo-American joined me on the 29th. and reported iron, and but one through, and that at a distance of a few feet from the battery delivering it. W. D. P. United States Gun-Boat Anglo-American, Off Bayou Sara, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 1862. Sir — In pursuance of your order, I proceeded down stream on the 24th instant, for New Orleans, arriving there on the morning of the 25t