sses of the Confederates have made the torpedo, which before was looked on with loathing — a name not to be spoken except contemptuously — a recognized factor in modern naval warfare.
On all sides we see the greatest activity in improving it.
I shall now refer briefly to the use in Charleston harbor of riflecannon and iron-clad floating and land batteries.
In the attack on Fort Sumter, in 1861, these war appliances were first used in the United States.
When I arrived at Charleston, in March of that year, to assume command of the forces there assembling and direct the attack on Fort Sumter, I found under construction a rough floating battery made of palmetto logs, under the direction of Captain Hamilton, an ex-United States naval officer.
He intended to plate it with several sheets of rolled iron, each about threequarters of an inch thick, and to arm it with four 32-pounder carronades.
He and his battery were so much ridiculed, however, that he could with difficulty obtain any