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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)
could get a pilot to take him through the obstructions. Dahlgren at once ordered up the nearest Monitor, and directed her commander to open fire upon the intruder with his rifled gun from a distance of about 2,500 yards. Other Monitors were ordered up in succession, for it was desirable to show these blockade-runners that Charleston was a sealed port to them. The Lehigh, Passaic, Catskill and Nahant opened on the doomed vessel. Colonel Davis, commanding Morris Island, also opened from Fort Strong and Battery Gregg, and the steamer was soon set on fire and destroyed. It was remarkable that, under the circumstances, any blockade-runner should have attempted such a dare-devil feat; but the greed of gain was overpowering in that class of people, and one successful trip often made them rich for life. There was no end to the energy of the Confederates, who, after they had lost the forts on Morris Island and seen Sumter battered out of shape by the Army and Navy, determined to show
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
rt time and was enabled to move on to Wilmington. In the meantime, General Terry's division at or near Fort Fisher charged General Hoke's intrenchments, and the Confederates immediately retreated upon Wilmington; so that, while the Army was marching on that place on both sides of the river, the gun-boats were pushing up as fast as they could find their way through the intricate channel. Before General Cox or General Terry had reached the vicinity of Wilmington, the gun-boats reached Forts Strong and Lee. Taking a position at thirteen hundred yards distant,they opened with their 11-inch guns on the forts. The forts were in an elevated position and were armed with eight or ten heavy guns. Soon after the fleet opened fire the forts were evacuated.and the Union flag was hoisted over them by Lieutenant-Commander K. R. Breese, Chief of Staff. The channel had to be dragged for torpedoes before the gun-boats could pass up, and night came leaving them huddled together in a mass through