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The River opened the success of the little Chattanooga spurred the Federal saw-mill at Bridgeport to renewed activity. Captain Edwards' shipyard was greatly enlarged after the defeat of Bragg, and in a remarkably short time thirteen staunch transports and four light-draft gunboats were built. Their trial trips during the spring and summer of 1864 were watched with interest because of the difficulties of navigation at “the Suck,” where the current of the Tennessee River prevented the small craft from ascending under their own steam.

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