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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
the arrival of the Powhatan. Finding that she did not appear he went in the offing and made signals all night, so that she might find the Baltic in case she should arrive. The morning of the 13th was thick and foggy with a very heavy ground swell on, and the Baltic, feeling her way in, ran aground on Rattlesnake Shoal, but got off without damage, and was obliged by the heavy swell to anchor in deep water, several miles outside of the Pawnee and Harriet Lane. One gallant army officer (R. O. Tyler), though suffering from seasickness, as were most of the troops, organized a boat's crew and exercised them for the purpose of having at least one boat (in the absence of the Powhatan) that could go to the relief of Fort Sumter--as if one boat pulled by raw recruits could ever even cross the bar, much less reach the fort under such a fire. But fortunately the adventure ended where it began, and no boat was sent. In the morning a great volume of black smoke burst forth from Fort Sumter