vessels having Ix-inch guns were then ‘closed up around the flag-ship.’
At 10.30, eight vessels of the enemy were seen drawn up behind an extensive obstruction formed by a double row of piles and sunken vessels stretching well across the sound and between the forts on Pork
and Wier Points. One of them fired a heavy gun, to announce, perhaps, the impending attack.
In less than an hour, the Underwriter
, in advance, having shelled Sandy Point
, made signal that it was not fortified.
This omission on the part of the enemy favored the landing of troops at Ashby's Harbor
, as arranged.
Not long after this announcement the naval division, commanded as above given, accompanied as previously arranged by the army division, composed of the Picket
, Captain T. P. Ives
; Huzzar, Captain F. Crocker
; Pioneer, Captain C. E. Baker
; Vidette, Captain I. L. Foster
, Captain S. Emerson
; Lancer, Captain M. B. Morley
, and Chasseur, Captain John West
, in close order, had approached sufficiently near the enemy to attack, and to employ their heaviest fire against the battery on Pork Point
, a battery between Pork
and Wier Points, and another on Redstone Point
, all of which had opened fire on the advancing vessels.
At noon the action became general; at 1.30 the barracks behind Pork Point
had been set on fire by shells and burned furiously for an hour.
At this time the vessels were hotly engaged.
Toward 3 P. M. the troops, embarked on board of light-draught steamers and boats, started to land at Ashby's Harbor
It was guarded by a large body of the enemy's troops, with a field battery, but the Delaware
, with the division flag of Commander S. C. Rowan
, having very judiciously taken up a flanking position to the southward of Pork Point
, opportunely turned her guns on the enemy, enfilading Ashby's Harbor
and scattered the troops with Ix-inch shrapnel.