Soon after this raid, the New Ironsides, then at anchor in Port Royal
, a vessel built under far more favorable auspices than could obtain within the limits of the Confederacy
, was added to the blockading force off Charleston
We may suppose, without derogation to the enemy, that she exercised a powerful restraining influence on the Confederate rams within that port.
The enemy, as we have seen, having felt the power of guns afloat where many of them could be brought to bear, no longer contested inferior points of defence, and fully aware of an intended attack on Charleston
and under an apprehension of attack on Savannah
, turned his attention to strengthening the defences of those cities by every means within his power.
He looked with apprehension, as the people of the North
looked with hope and expectation, upon the arrival of the monitor class of vessels that were completed and of others under construction, intended particularly for the attack on Charleston
In the early part of January several of them were already south of Cape Hatteras
, where the Monitor
, the original vessel of that type, foundered at sea, and at the same time the Montauk
and the Passaic
were in great peril.
Several of these vessels which arrived out in advance of others of their class intended for the attack on Charleston
were sent by Rear-Admiral Dupont1
to the Great Ogeechee River
informed the Department on the 28th of January that he considered it desirable in every way to test the ironclads of the Monitor
type, and to avail himself of their usefulness until the intended number might arrive, he had sent the Montauk
, Commander John L. Worden
, to Ossabaw,