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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
cked that place, and commenced concentrating a heavy force on Fort Magruder, which was not far from Williamsburg. Gun-boats were immediately required by the Army to move up and down between Yorktown and Queen's Creek, and also to lie near Jamestown Island. Every effort was made to comply with the demands made upon the Navy, and on an announcement being made to Rear-Admiral Lee by General Peck that the enemy were advancing in an attempt to surround the Federal forces at Suffolk, the Admiral dtt and a 24-pound howitzer. Alert (tug), one 12 and one 24-pound howitzer. Stepping Stones (light ferry-boat),with a battery of howitzers. The Commodore Barney, Lieutenant W. B. Cushing, was also detached from other duty and sent to Jamestown Island. Commander (afterwards Rear-Admiral) Stephen D. Trenchard. The above list of vessels will show to what shifts the Navy was put to meet the calls made upon it by the Army. Gun-boats were called for everywhere, and these demands were mo