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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 37: operations of the East Gulf Squadron to October, 1863. (search)
of important salt works by boat's crew from steamer Somerset. Tahoma and Adela shell Confederate batteries. destruction of two blockade-running steamers in Hillsboro River. blockade-running broken up. list of vessels composing east Gulf Squadron under Acting-Rear-Admiral Bailey. list of officers. Acting Rear-Admiral Theodon, in which these expeditions were not always so fortunate. On the 16th of October an expedition was fitted out to destroy two blockade-running steamers in Hillsboro River. Lieutenant-Commander A. A. Semmes, in the gun-boat Tahoma (assisted by the Adela), was directed to divert attention from the expedition by shelling the town and fort and to land men under cover of the night at a point in Old Tampa Bay, some distance from the fort, to proceed overland to the point on the Hillsboro River where the blockade-runners lay, and destroy them. On the date mentioned, the Tahoma and Adela ran in abreast of the batteries, and shelled them slowly during the d