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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)
with her colors flying, but not before she had crippled, burned and sunk six of the opposing steamers. In the afternoon, I got under way, the machinery working well forward. We dropped anchor alongside the Harriet Lane, and I had a conference with the commander. He sent his and other engineers to examine the Sachem's machinery, when all appeared right. April 27.--We got under way after sunrise and stood off Pass à l'outre, and brought over the bar 15 feet. At noon, we arrived off Sable Island, where we found General Butler in the steam transport Mississippi. I called on him and had a long conversation respecting the coast. At 2 o'clock, he came on board the Sachem and I took him to the rear of Fort Jackson; from thence he took a boat up to the Quarantine, using one of the smaller bayous for his passage. I dispatched Mr. Harris at once to stake out a four-foot line along the coast, as the general intends to make an experiment with his rifled guns on the forts from here. We