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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
report, in a communication to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, writes as follows: The report is false from beginning to conclusion. I planned the affair and we would have captured the entire party had we been ten minutes earlier. I had forty sailors and one 12-pounder howitzer, and there were three hundred and fifty infantry. We marched about sixteen miles. There was no fight and nothing worth reporting. The rebels ran. I fired three or four times at them at long range. We held the town of Windsor several hours, and marched back eight miles to our boats without a single shot from the enemy. In this case the Confederate commander made capital out of nothing. Flusser was as truthful as he was brave, and his account is reliable. He was ever on the alert to surprise the enemy, and his escaping death for so long a period is remarkable. The Confederates had been employed in building a powerful ram, called the Albemarle, on the Roanoke River, and, knowing that the Federals had no v