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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 2 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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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)
Notwithstanding the actual strength of Charleston,exaggerated accounts have been given out stating the number of guns to be as high as three hundred and thirty. The Confederate accounts, which there seems no reason to doubt, gave the armament of the works as follows: Sumter 44, Moultrie 21, Battery Bee 6, Fort Beauregard 2, Cumming's Point 2, and Wagner 19; total 94. To these must be added the batteries at Fort Ripley, Castle Pinckney, Mount Pleasant, Fort Johnson, Battery Gregg, and the Creek batteries. Altogether, the naval commanders, and all with them, deserve high commendation for accomplishing what they did before Charleston; their efforts, though not successful in capture, rendered the place of not the slightest use to the Confederacy even as a resort for blockade-runners, whence supplies from abroad could be received. On the contrary, its possession was a drawback to them, for its defence necessitated the retention there of a large number of troops, elsewhere sadly nee
in one of the cabins: Col. Spears: We fought you bravely, and desperately but misguidedly. We leave here under pressing circumstances, but do not feel that we are whipped. We will yet succeed, and---- Here the circumstances became so pressing, that the writer did not wait to finish the epistle. Col. Spears supposes the writer to be Major John W. Bridgman, of the Tennessee cavalry. The following was written on a piece of brown paper, with a pencil: Jan. 19, 1861. Fishing Creek. The great battle, at Fishing Creek, took place. Our loss was great; supposed to be eight hundred killed and wounded, and a great many taken prisoners. We will try them again at our breast-work, if they come to us. At the bottom of this paper, upside down, is a name I cannot make out, and then Polasky. Here is another paper, which is evidently the result of a council of war, held before this force came across on the north side of the Cumberland: The result of your crossin
From Charleston. Charleston, Oct. 21. --Ten Yankee prisoners, including an acting ensign, captured in a barge near Georgetown by our cavalry, arrived here this afternoon. They belong to the United States schooner Ward, blockading off Georgetown, and were taken after setting fire to and destroying a small schooner loaded with cotton it. Dearing creek. There has been considerable increase in the enemy's squadron off this harbor, and an increase off Hilton Head. [Second Dispatch.] Charleston, Oct. 25. --No change in the firing. Weather very stormy. The enemy, on land and sea, quiet.