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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
ns, etc.; and then to co-operate in whatever way the army might desire to attack the enemy. On the 9th of July all was in readiness. In the combined attack which followed, the Catskill, Montauk, Nahant, and Weehawken were laid in line parallel with the land opposite the southern eminences of Morris Island, and they poured in such a steady fire upon the Confederate batteries at that point that they made but a feeble show of fight. At 8 o'clock the troops that had been brought from the Folly River by the boats of the squadron advanced to the attack; and, under the covering fire of the Monitors, occupied all the enemy's outer positions, and were only stopped when they came in contact with Fort Wagner. Until the fall of Wagner, on September 7th, the iron-clads and gun-boats kept up a constant fire on the place, which could only be taken by hard and patient work. But this work was not crowned with success until after several desperate assaults had been made by the Army, and a heav