that, in case the enemy's ironclads should endeavor to remove the obstructions between Sumter
, while attacking the Sullivan's Island
batteries, his gunboats should be placed in the vicinity of Fort Sumter
, out of the direct fire of our works, and in such a manner as to foil the enemy's object; that should an effort be made by the Federal fleet, or any part of it, to pass by our obstructions, without stopping to remove them or fight the batteries, then Commander Tucker
's ironclads should so change their position as to be somewhat in rear of our second line of defence—that is to say, James Island
, Fort Ripley
, and Castle Pinckney, according to the channel through which the enemy's vessels might attempt to force their passage.
In order to complete these precautionary arrangements the following instructions were forwarded to Major-General Gilmer
on the 7th of November:
Nothing of much importance occurred between the 7th and the 19th of November.
On the latter date another boat attack was made by General Gillmore
's force against Fort Sumter
, resulting in utter failure, as had been the case with the former attempt.
The following is an extract from Mr. Charles Cowley
's book, from which we have already had occasion to quote some passages:
‘On the night of November 19th, 1863, General Gillmore made an attempt to surprise and capture Fort Sumter.
He asked no aid from the navy; but ’