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ry reading of the official correspondence of the successive officers detailed, as they could be spared from the Virginia field, to take charge of these coast defenses, awakens sympathy for them in their fruitless appeals to the government for proper munitions of war, and admiration for their untiring energies and plucky utilization of sand-bars, turf, and smooth-bore guns. As the Federal government tightened the blockade, rapidly raising the number of its ships from 42 in 1861 to 671 Lossing's Civil War. in 1864, it saw the necessity of possessing these sounds for safe anchorage, and it realized, as Scharf puts it, that they were depots from which the very central line of inland communication of the Confederates might be broken, and that they were the back-door to Norfolk, by which the navy yard might be regained. Moreover, the daring excursions of little Confederate vessels, mounting one or two guns, like the Winslow, under the restlessly energetic Thomas M. Crossan, which da
to make a diversion in favor of that portion of our forces which were engaged with the enemy directly in front of Fort Magruder. Up to that time the Confederates had been so absorbed in the hard fight in front that Hancock's maneuver had been executed before its dangerous significance became apparent. Peninsular Campaign. Webb adds, By this movement on our right, the enemy were forced to pay special attention to Hancock. The occupation of these two redoubts on his extreme left, says Lossing, was the first intimation that Johnston had of their existence, and he at once perceived the importance of the position, for it was on the flank and rear of the Confederate line of defense, and seriously menaced its integrity. Civil War in America, II, 382. Hancock soon got his batteries to work, and, says the Regimental History of the Fifth regiment, was seriously annoying our troops by an enfilading fire. So, to counteract Hancock's diversion, Early's brigade of D. H. Hill's divisio