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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 4: death of Ellsworth.--capture of Alexandria, Va.--Potomac flotilla. (search)
eek batteries. the Freeborn damaged. the ball opened along the Potomac. attack on the batteries at Matthias Point. repulse of the flotilla. death of Commander Ward. Secessionists and their supplies. Lieut. Harrel destroys a schooner in Quantico Creek. undeserved criticism of the flotilla. the public obliged to acknowledge the value of the flotilla. vessels arriving from foreign stations. officers resigning, cashiered, etc., etc. At the commencement of the war, many wild conjecturesll boats, which performed postal service and transported spies back and forth, was so constant that it was necessary to repress it if possible. On the 11th of October, Lieutenant A. D. Harrel was informed that a large schooner was lying in Quantico Creek, and that a body of troops had assembled there for the purpose of crossing the Potomac, and he determined to make an attempt to destroy her. He manned three boats, and under cover of darkness, started up the creek, boarded the schooner and