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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
a reinforcement of gun-boats to enfilade the whole bend, and ten thousand men would have stood no chance against their fire. The Admiral had landed above the Harrison Battery a short time before the attack from above commenced, and from the top of a tall tree was endeavoring to make out with his glass the position of the enemyo assert that the Navy owed its remarkable preservation, under Providence, to their own good management and perseverance. After assembling the fleet above the Harrison Battery, the Admiral strengthened the pass with additional gun-boats, and all the transports went safely by, not a shot having been fired at them. The gun-boats, the flag-ship took her in tow and she was safely delivered to her master and crew, so nothing was left behind for the enemy to exult over. After passing the Harrison Battery the fleet experienced little trouble beyond the constant fire of sharp-shooters along the river. The flotilla having learned a lesson from the fight at