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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.49 (search)
n because of fear of the bombarding fleet of striking the admiral. The Confederates planned to capture the admiral if possible and hold him as hostage, but to kill him if he resisted and run the risk of injury to themselves. The three Confederates remained hidden in high marsh grass on Dauphin Island for two days and three nights, but for some reason Admiral Farragut did not make his regular daily visit to the mortar fleet. Dauphin Island has a reputation for mosquitoes equal to that of Jersey, and the Confederates suffered tortures as they lay exposed to hordes of the fierce insects. On the morning of the third day the three men, more dead than alive, crawled back to Fort Gaines and abandoned the plan to make Admiral Farragut a prisoner. They were on the sick list for a week. The very day the attempt was abandoned Admiral Farragut resumed his visits to the mortar fleet. The monitor Tecumseh, continued Admiral Roberts, still lies in the harbor off Fort Morgan, and ninety