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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
perplex but not destroy the navigation Indeed, the affair was intended by the Government, and expected by those acquainted with the nature of the coast, the currents, and the harbor, to be only a temporary interference with navigation, as a war measure, and these experts laughed at the folly of those who asserted, as did a writer who accompanied the fleet, that Charleston Bar is paved with granite, and the harbor is a thing of the past. Special correspondence of the New York Tribune, Dec. 26th, 1861. The idea that such was the case was fostered by the Confederates, in order to fire the Southern heart; and their newspapers teemed with denunciations of the barbarous act, and frantic calls upon commercial nations to protest by cannon, if necessary, against this violation of the rights of the civilized world. The British press and British statesmen sympathizing with the insurgents joined in the outcry, and the British Minister at Washington (Lord Lyons) made it the subject of diplomat