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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 37: operations of the East Gulf Squadron to October, 1863. (search)
. This duty was well performed by Acting-Master Thomas Chatfield, who landed in boats under the guns of the Somerset, and, with sixty-five sailors and marines, destroyed four distinct stations. Sixty-five salt-kettles were demolished. over two hundred bushels of salt destroyed, and thirty houses, with all their appurtenances, were burned. The whole establishment was completely blotted out without the loss of a man, in which these expeditions were not always so fortunate. On the 16th of October an expedition was fitted out to destroy two blockade-running steamers in Hillsboro River. Lieutenant-Commander A. A. Semmes, in the gun-boat Tahoma (assisted by the Adela), was directed to divert attention from the expedition by shelling the town and fort and to land men under cover of the night at a point in Old Tampa Bay, some distance from the fort, to proceed overland to the point on the Hillsboro River where the blockade-runners lay, and destroy them. On the date mentioned, t