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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 9: operations of Admiral Dupont's squadron in the sounds of South Carolina. (search)
s officers. various expeditions. expeditions. valuable services of Capt. Boutelle and officers of coast Survey. Com. C. R. P. Rodgers makes reconnoissance of Warsaw Inlet. Lieutenant Barnes invades forts. Commander Drayton goes up the North Edisto River. object of the expeditions. difficulties in the way of gunboats. Ogeechee Sound and the great Ogeechee River examined. a second reconnoissance to Saint Helena Sound. gunboats annoying Confederate troops. the torch plays a prominent paces on shore with the marines of the Savannah, until their progress was stopped by an unfordable stream and nothing more could be accomplished. On the 16th of December, 1861, Commander Percival Drayton was sent on a reconnoissance of the North Edisto river, in the steamer Pawnee, accompanied by the Seneca, Lieutenant-commander Ammen, and the Coast Survey steamer Vixen, Captain Boutelle, who was generally the pioneer in these expeditions and whose knowledge of the hydrography of the country ga
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ended sand batteries, where the damage inflicted by day is readily repaired by the unstinted labor of the night. The ships, therefore,can neither cover the landing nor afterwards protect the advance of the small force of the army available for operations in this quarter, which will meet fresh troops at every sand-hill, and may look also for a reverse fire from the batteries on James Island. As it is considered necessary to menace Charleston by a demonstration of land and naval forces, North Edisto will afford a better point from which to threaten an advance, and a concentration of troops and ships in that quarter would accomplish the purpose of the Government mentioned in your dispatch of the 11th instant, as it is a military point from which Charleston could be attacked now, James Island being fully occupied by the enemy's batteries. I have deemed it proper and due to myself to make these statements, but I trust I need not add that I will obey all orders with the utmost fidelit