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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 5: capture of the works at Hatteras Inlet by Flag officer Stringham.--destruction of the privateer Judah. (search)
d how difficult it would have been to crush the rebellion had they remained in their possesion. Colonel Hawkins, who had been left in command of Fort Hatteras after its capture, found his position to be an uncomfortable and dangerous one. The troops were subjected to annoying privations and dangerous exposure, and on one occasion narrowly escaped capture by the Confederates. On September 29th, 1861,Colonel Hawkins sent the 20th Indiana Regiment to take possession of and fortify Chicamacomico, the northern point of Hatteras Island. Plan of the attack on forts Hatteras and Clark, August 28th and 29th, 1861. These troops were but partially equipped and scantily provisioned, their supplies being sent the next day in the army transport Fanny. Just as this vessel arrived she was met by three Confederate steamers, but their true character was not known until they opened fire, and but few of the Fanny's crew escaped. As soon as the Confederates learned the true condition o