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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
oing into Wilmington, was driven on Smith's Island Beach by the gun-boat Penobscot, but was eventually floated off by the enemy, and towed under the batteries at New Inlet. Early in the morning of the 1st of August, the blockading vessels, James Adger, Mount Vernon and Iroquois, approached, and the Mount Vernon, discovering the Fort Fisher (which had not at that time assumed such formidable proportions as it did later on). The Confederates were at this time towing the Kate in towards New Inlet, and Commander Patterson, in the James Adger, was ordered to assist the Mount Vernon in cutting her out, and prevent her reaching the protection of the batterieslf went alongside, and sent another party on board at the same time. A hawser was made fast to the prize, and she was towed out. The Confederate batteries at New Inlet opened with great vigor, and a masked battery of Whitworth guns on Smith's Island kept up a furious fire. The enemy did not seem to be particular in his aim, as