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The Daily Dispatch: March 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
t with no loss of men. That night (the 20th) the rebels sent down two hundred floating torpedoes, but I had a strong force of picket boats out, and the torpedoes were sunk with musketry. One got in the wheel of the Osceola, and blew her wheel-house to pieces, and knocked down her bulkhead in-board, and there was no damage to the hull. Some of the vessels picked up the torpedoes with their torpedo nets. The next morning I spread two fishing nets across the river. Yesterday evening, General Ames, with his division, moved within a short distance of the fort, and had a sharp encounter with the rebels. On hearing the musketry and seeing where our troops were, I opened a rapid fire on the fort and all along the enemy's line. The fort responded with three or four shots, but was soon silenced. This morning we heard that General Terry was within their works, and the road was clear to Wilmington. The Montauk could not get across the shoals without lightening, which was a work of som