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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
asily. Woods and Thompson say that with one boat they placed them at the rate of four in an hour. This kind of torpedo was the most convenient of all, and the most dangerous, though, being liable to shift with the current, they were apt to trouble those who used them. One rebel steamboat (Marion) had been blown up in the Ashley River some time ago by one of them; and, in June, 1864, another rebel steamer, plying from Sumter up the harbor, was struck by one and beached on the shoal near Johnson, to prevent sinking in deep water, supposed at the time to have been run ashore accidentally. It is probable that the Tecumseh was sunk at Mobile, in Admiral Farragut's attack, by one of this kind; also the Milwaukee. the Osage, the Rudolph, and a tin-clad (48, in the recent captures of the forts. My own flag-ship, the Harvest Moon, was destroyed by the same device, in Georgetown, and three army transports in the St. John's--Maple Leaf, Harriet Weed, and another. Mr. Gray states t