In the meantime the attempt to land had been only partially successful.
As the heavy iron surf-boats struck the beach they were thrown high upon it, there to remain, and two flat-boats landing troops were stove.
In this manner 315 troops, including 50 United States Artillery, 55 marines, and 2 navy howitzers were thrown on shore without provisions or supplies of any kind, and much of their ammunition was wetted.
The surf was heavy and increasing and further attempts to land were discontinued.
A movement by the troops was made along the beach toward Fort Clark
, and at 2 P. M. the Union flag was hoisted over it by them.
The firing from the fleet had been suspended since 12.30, from the supposition of an intended surrender, as the larger fort was not flying a flag, and was silent.
was directed at 4 P. M. to effect an entrance to the inlet, and when well within the breakers Fort Hatteras opened on her and received at once the fire from the Minnesota
, and the Pawnee
, which latter vessel had joined in the attack, and soon after was followed by the Harriet Lane
with her battery of small rifled guns, effective at the long range then necessary to reach the fort.
at the time was employed in towing the sailing frigate Cumberland
into an offing, as it was supposed the fort had surrendered.
The bombardment continued until sunset, for the most part ineffective, from too great a distance, when the larger vessels hauled off for the night, and the Pawnee
, and Harriet.
went up the coast toward the cape and anchored close to the beach for the purpose of protecting the troops, they having withdrawn from the immediate vicinity of the forts.
On the following day (28th) at 5.30 A. M. signal was made to prepare for action and follow the motions of the flagship;