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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)
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 some labor. I had the pleasure of placing the flag on Fort Strong, and at 12 o'clock noon to day we all fire a salute of thirty-five guns, this being the anniversary of Washington's birthday. I am, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, D. D. Porter, Rear Admiral. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. From the Southwest--