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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
n, Colorado and the large vessels marked on the plan, got to their stations, all firing to cover themselves while anchoring. By the time the last of the large vessels anchored and got their batteries into play, but a few guns of the enemy were fired, this feu d'enfer driving them all to their bomb-proofs. The small gun-boats Kansas, Unadilla, Pequot, Seneca, Pontoosuc. Yantic and Huron took positions to the northward and eastward of the Monitors, enfilading the works. The Shenandoah, Ticonderoga, Mackinaw, Tacony and Vanderbilt took effective positions, as marked on the chart, and added their fire to that already begun. The Santiago de Cuba, Fort Jackson. Osceola, Chippewa, Sassacus, Rhode Island, Monticello, Quaker City and Iosco, dropped into position according to order, and the battle became general. In an hour and a quarter after the first shot was fired, not a shot came from the fort. Two of the magazines in the works had been blown up by shells, and the woodwork in th