minutes after two in the afternoon, Commander John Rodgers
landed with a small force and raised the Federal
flag over the deserted batteries.
, across the harbor entrance, seeing the fate of Fort Walker
, was abandoned by Captain Elliott
, its commander, late in the afternoon, and now the most important position that either the army or the navy had yet gained was in the possession of the North
, and the coveted naval base established.
Early on the morning of January 1, 1863, General Magruder
made a vigorous attempt to recapture the city of Galveston
, which had been taken by Farragut
's squadron the previous October.
The side-wheel steamer Harriet Lane
bore the brunt of the naval attack, and she was captured by two small steamers after her commander and lieutenant-commander had been killed.
The ferry-boat Westfield
The military force in the town surrendered, and the blockade was broken for a week.
On the 31st of this month, the Confederate iron-clad rams Chicora
and Palmetto State
, built and equipped at the navy-yard in Charleston
, steamed down past the forts and took the inner line of the blockading fleet by surprise.
was captured, and the Keystone State
was badly injured.
As it was calm weather, the Chicora
and the Palmetto State
proceeded out to sea, and as the outer line of the blockading squadron was far off the coast, they came back and reported that the blockade was raised.
In fact, General Beauregard
attempted to bring this point before the foreign consuls at Charleston
It was on the 28th of February that the cruiser Nashville
, lying up the Ogeechee River
above Fort McAllister, Georgia
, was destroyed by the monitor Montauk
while she was waiting for a chance to get to sea. One well-directed shot from the monitor's 15-inch gun struck the Nashville
fair amidships, and in a few minutes she burst into flame, and blew up.
The Confederate ram Atlanta
, on the 17th of June, 1863, running down into Wassaw Sound
, secure in the protection of