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ns was fired, and the band broke forth with the stirring strains of Dixie. It was determined to permit the fleet to come well within range before opening fire. Lieut-Col. Joseph A. Yates, who that morning reported for duty, was assigned to the special command of the barbette batteries. Major Ormsby Blanding was assigned the special command of the casemate batteries. They were both at their posts, with officers, men and guns ready, and awaiting the order to begin the engagement. Colonel Alfred Rhett, the commandant of the post, stood on the parapet, watching the progress of the doughty iron-clad dogs of war. Every heart beat high. Every face was flushed with calm excitement, properly incident to such a moment. On they came, steaming slowly north-eastward--seven monitors, their hulls sunk down to the water level, showing only a black line on the surface, and a projecting turret and smoke-stack each — the Ironsides, looming up from the sea a formidable looking monster, and the Ke