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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
undertake the attack, supposing the iron-clad ram Tennessee would be over the Dog River bar by the time he was ready to advance with his fleet. Farragut's idea wa Farragut was fully aware of what would be the result if Buchanan crossed the Dog River bar with the Tennessee, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Nashville. (The three latus reports came from Mobile that the ram Tennessee was preparing to cross the Dog River bar by means of camels, and that Buchanan, with his wellknown energy, was pusr to destroy the Tennessee while she had the camels under her in crossing the Dog River bar. From all accounts Buchanan was working energetically to bring the Tenls, and no superiors; and that, if he did succeed in getting his vessels over Dog River bar, he would come out with the intention of conquering or being destroyed, tng great exertions to get camels large enough to float the ram Tennessee over Dog River bar. No one doubted but that Buchanan would be successful if any one could