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Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren succeeds Rear-Admiral Dupont. Dahlgren's difficult task. General Gillmore requests naval co-operation. Charleston harbor. plan of General Gillmore. attack on enemy's works by Army and Navy. capture of Confederate works on South end of Morris Island. assault on Fort Wagner. Gillmore repulsed. Second attack on Fort Sumter. captu
an officer, general knowledge on all subjects, in and out of his profession, made him an authority to whom foreign officers deferred.
He was as well posted in all naval matters as any officer at home or abroad, and his opinions, which did not in 1863 run in accord with those of the Navy Department, were adopted by his friends and acquaintances in every quarter.
DuPont had said that the forts in Charleston harbor could not be taken by the force with which he had attacked them, and his opinion