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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
harleston batteries, would be obliged to pass between Sullivan's Island on the north and Morris Island on the south, both of which had heavy batteries, including Moultrie and Wagner; while above Moultrie, and forming a triangle with it and Battery Gregg, stands Sumter. These works and the accessories within this line of defence r and opened fire. During a portion of the time a clear sight of the fort was prevented by fog. When the. Monitors opened, Sumter only replied with six guns; but Moultrie, with its extended lines, opened heavily, according to reports, and struck the Monitors frequently with heavy shot. The Weehawken received two heavy and damaginn the plan of this campaign. There was, no doubt, good engineering skill displayed, as far as it went, but what use could Sumter have been to the Federals while Moultrie--one of the heaviest works in Charleston harbor — and others stood ready to drive out of Sumter any Federal force that might undertake to enter it, which could o
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
s more and more; but that business had better have been left to General Gillmore with his siege-guns, and the attack of the Monitors should have been turned upon Moultrie and Beauregard, where their rifle projectiles would have done good service. On November 16th more congenial work offered. General Gillmore telegraphed: The e 29th, the Passaic engaged Wagner, and on August 31st Moultrie. On September 8th, the Passaic (in a disabled condition), Patapsco, Weehawken, and Nahant engaged Moultrie. This was scant justice to an officer who had so well maintained the reputation of the Navy at Charleston, under the hottest fire; but, no doubt, he obtained, where they thought themselves secure. On February 2d, 1864, at daylight, a beautiful blockade-runner, the Presto, was perceived close under the batteries of Moultrie, which was the first notice of her presence, she having crept in during the night under the management of some daring captain, who was, no doubt, assisted by ran