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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
Carter and Master's Mate Chas. W. Adams in the first and second launches, each carrying a howitzer and a picked crew of men. At 11:40 P. M. the two boats entered the harbor unperceived, intending, if they could pass the armed schooner guarding the entrance and the Bolivar and Point forts, to try to surprise and burn the manof war steamer General Rusk, lying under Pelican Island fort. The boats succeeded in passing the schooner and two forts, but in attempting to avoid the sentinels on Pelican fort they grounded on Pelican Spit and were discovered by the enemy. It was then too late to attempt the capture of the General Rusk (a heavily armed vessel) as the alarm was given at once, therefore that part of the expedition was abandoned. The boats then turned about and pulled. for the schooner Royal Yacht, which they boarded and carried after a short but sharp conflict. By this time the people in the forts were aroused and opened fire in the direction of the boarding party. Lieu