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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
ees, who stated that they were from Mobile, two or three days before, reported that, besides the Tennessee, a vessel called the Baltic, the ironclads Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, and three gun-boats had also crossed the bar and entered the lower bay; the Nashville was not yet over the bar, but she was all ready with the camels under her by this time; her bow, stern and pilot-house were only partly plated. Two more rams were reported to be at Mobile, not yet plated, and one just completed at Selma and aground above Mobile. They also reported at Mobile four ironplated floating batteries, one of them sunk. These reports were constantly brought down concerning Buchanan's force, and they were far from reassuring to the Union commander, who up to this time had not received a single iron-clad. It was not until July 26th that the arrival of the Monitor Manhattan was reported. She was under Sand Island, in charge of gun-boats. The two double-turreted Monitors, Winnebago and Chickasaw