the mortar fleet, and cross Dauphin Island, which was very narrow at that point.
He would meet a small boat on the sound side, which conveyed him to the mortar fleet.
On these trips he was usually accompanied by one man, his secretary or aid, and as the crossing was made within a mile of the woods, which extended not much over a mile from Fort Gaines, a party of Confederates, stationed at Fort Gaines, decided to make an effort to capture Admiral Farragut.
This party included Sergeant Wiley Wagner, Corporal Wiliam Foster and Private Harry Savage, of Company E, 1st Confederate Georgia Regiment.
Taking with them three days rations and water, they went at night to the place where the crossing was usually made and secreted themselves in the marsh grass.
Their idea was that if they could capture Admiral Farragut and his companion they could reach the woods in safety.
They did not think they would be fired upon because of fear of the bombarding fleet of striking the admiral.