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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 2: bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter.--destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard by the Federal officers. (search)
surrender of Sumter. Lincoln's position toward Virginia. Gen. Scott and the Virginians. Commodore McCauley. secrets of the Navy Department made known by disloyal officers. conspirators at work. a plot to seize Norfolk Navy Yard. the Navy Department powerless. Commodore Paulding summoned. hostile attitude of the people of Norfolk and Portsmouth. vessels at the Norfolk Navy Yard. ships that were historic. aggressive movements of the Confederates. Commander James Alden. Chief Engineer Isher Wood. indecision of Commodore McCauley. the torch applied to the Navy Yard and vessels by the Federal authorities. vessels that were saved. the greatest misfortune to the Union cause. the Merrimac, etc., etc. At thirty minutes past 4 o'clock, on April 12, 1861, the first gun of civil war was fired, the battery on James Island discharging the first howitzer shell, which fell inside Fort Sumter, blowing up a building; this was almost immediately followed by another shell, which sc