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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
t did those of officers commanding vessels under me. My name was merely inserted (as commanding a division) at the instance of a friend, who discovered the omission too late to make a further correction. The resolution of the United States Senate of June 6, 1862, and accompanying documents, of which two thousand were printed, perpetuates the error of our passing the forts in two columns abreast. Mr. Greeley in his American conflict, and other authors, are led into the same misstatements. Lossing's Pictorial history erroneously describes the Cayuga as retiring from the fight on account of her damages, whereas she was continually in action notwithstanding she was much cut up with forty-two shot holes. The Varuna, which had passed us while heavily engaged, went up the river and drew off three of the Cayuga's assailants. The fight of the Varuna with two of which is treated as the great event of the battle, while the leading up and heavy single-hand fighting of the Cayuga (Harrison's