o throw a flank fire into the fort.
The positions of the vessels are nearly the same as in the former fight, excepting that the iron-clads will take position about a quarter of a mile nearer to Fort Fisher than at the first attack, and the Dictator will also join them with her two fifteen-inch guns, making the monitor fleet twelve guns strong, including the four guns of the Monadnock.
Then the Ironsides, with her tremendous eleven-inch broadsides, and the Minnesota, Wabash, Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Tuscarora, Seneca, Ticonderoga, Mohican, Colorado, Shenandoah, Pawtuxent, Mackinaw, Maumee, Powhatan, Juniata, Yantic and Kansas form the second line.
The Nyack, Unadilla, Huron and Pequot, which act as tenders to the monitors, are also in the inner line.
The gunboat fleet is to form a line in front of the shore batteries, extending to the right of Fort Fisher, in the following order: Santiago de Cuba, Fort Jackson, Tacony, Osceola, Chippewa, Sassacus, Maratanza, Rhode Island, Mo