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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 51 (search)
Increase of the Navy, and improvements in naval ships, during the year 1864. The Potomac Flotilla during 1864 remained under the command of Commander Foxhall A. Parker, a valuable officer, who conducted the affairs of his little squadron with so much efficiency that he was enabled to carry out all the objects for which the flotilla was intended. The work of this department of the Navy was not brilliant, but it was useful. Besides the duties involved in patroling the Potomac, the Rappahannock River was added to Commander Parker's district. There was at one time an extensive contraband trade between Virginia and the lower part of Maryland, by which the Confederates frequently received large amounts of supplies; and the blockade-runners (such as they were) were quite as indefatigable in their attempts to provision the Confederates in Virginia as the larger vessels running the blockade on the coast. The small craft that were engaged in this traffic between Maryland and Virgini