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November 9th (search for this): chapter 6
1 rifled, 6-inch, new. 5 sea-coast guns, 42 pdrs., long and very heavy. 1 ten-inch Columbiad, weight 13,226 lbs. 1 8-inch Columbiad. Upon the outer works on the left flank were mounted 2 24-pdrs. Upon outer works on right flank: 3 32-pdrs. of 63 cwt., navy pattern, 1845. Within the fort were also two field pieces, 6-pounders, old Spanish pattern, making in all 20 pieces of ordnance. Several circumstances prevented Dupont from moving against the enemy until the 9th of November, when early in the morning the signal was made to get under way, form line of battle and prepare for action. The sailors had previously had their breakfast, for Dupont knew the necessity of looking after their comfort and not to take them into a fight on empty stomachs. By 9 o'clock the squadron was in line ahead in close order, the flanking column in position. The vessels passed within 800 yards of Fort Walker, on which work the main line poured in its fire, while the flanking lin
October 27th, 1861 AD (search for this): chapter 6
ined by the Government to fit out a naval expedition against Port Royal under command of Flag Officer Dupont, reinforced by an Army corps under General T. W. Sherman. Notwithstanding that the greatest precautions were taken to keep the proposed expedition a secret, the Confederates ascertained that a movement against Port Royal was on foot, and with their accustomed energy prepared to receive it by mounting all the guns they could collect, with a proper force to man them. By the 27th October, 1861, all the ships of war, transports for troops, and supply vessels had assembled at Hampton Roads, presenting a formidable appearance. They numbered fifty sail, not including twenty-five coal vessels which had sailed the day previous. Never before in our history had any officer command of so large a fleet. The weather had been unpleasant for some time, but now gave promise of a change for the better; and when on the 29th the signal went up from the flag-ship Wabash--underway to ge
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