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The Daily Dispatch: October 23, 1863., [Electronic resource], Yankee history of the attempts to blow up the Ironsides — Excitement Ashore. (search)
extremely indistinct; she appeared to be steaming at a speed of seven knots an hour. How she could have passed our picket boats was a question to be considered, for it was just possible she might belong to us, and to fire upon her without first determining her character and intention might result in more serious damage than if she were an enemy; so she was allowed to come within hailing distance. More and more distinct she grew as she approached — a cigar-shaped hull, after the pattern of Winans's gunboat, driving before it through the water a smaller object, which could hardly be distinguished; a black smoke pipe, from which issued a thin cloud of black smoke, but no other indications of the motive power within, were visible. Still she glided on, the object of her approach either the frigate itself or the Devils which lay moored on the port side. Coming near enough to hear she was hailed and ordered to stop, but she neither made reply or obeyed the summons. All hands were pi