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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
nt not to expect as much from the Monitors as was required of DuPont; as, with others, he had made up his mind that operations against the whole circle of forts should not be undertaken with a force that had proved itself totally inadequate on a former occasion. Charleston harbor, in its general configuration, may be likened to that of New York, the city being on a neck of land somewhat resembling Manhattan Island; Cooper River, on the east, may be compared to the East River; while the Ashley River, on the west, resembles the Hudson. Morris and Sullivan Islands may pass for the defensive points at the Narrows, though the channel between them is much wider; and the interior fortifications — Sumter, Moultrie, Cumming's Point, Battery Gregg, Fort Johnson, etc.--were all within the lines of Morris and Sullivan Islands. An attack on Fort Wagner could be made by a naval force without bringing the ships composing it within range of the heavy batteries which successfully resisted the atta
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
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 Johnsel approaching. Series of them were placed in particular parts of the channel. Four frames, mounting fifteen (15) torpedoes, were found at the entrance of Ashley River; they had been there some time, and yet were in such good condition that one exploded when towed away carelessly, and though a dozen feet from the tug the explen Sumter and Moultrie, their anchors and floats. 8. Portion of boom obstructions in Hog Island Channel. 9. Barrel torpedo. 10. Torpedo frame found in Ashley River, Hog Island and middle channel. 11. Its torpedo. 12. Torpedo frame and its torpedo, used in the Ogeechee near Fort McAllister, and in the Savannah River