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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
ing the night, and the garrison at the camp of the Quarantine now consists of one full regiment. In the morning, the captain of the gun-boat Miami, which was aground close by the Sachem, sent on board requesting assistance. I ran ahead of him, sent him a nine-inch hawser, and got him afloat by 8 o'clock in the morning. In the afternoon, I sent Messrs. Oltmanns and Harris to Fort Bayou to put up a signal--Mr. Halter having found out in the morning that both signals at this place and at Raccoon Point were lost. While the boat was away, at 2.30 P. M., both secession flags at Forts Jackson and St. Philip were hauled down. The most intense excitement followed. I saw the Harriet Lane and three other steamers, with a flag of truce on the fore, steaming up to the forts, and directly afterwards saw a large steamer of the enemy enveloped in flames. This proved to be the new iron-clad battery Louisiana; she burned entirely down. At about quarter before 3, her magazine exploded with a cra