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The naval history of the Civil War

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Pages: 692

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: (14 May 2012)

By: David Dixon Porter (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...advanced on the water, keeping up a well-directed fire, the effect of all which is shown by its evacuation on the 7th of September. General Gillmore and his chief of artillery had given the most satisfactory account of the damage done to Sumter by the breaching of the gorge wall and the dismounting of most of the guns, and had also asserted 'that it was no longer of any practical use to Charleston harbor as an offensive work.' This was pretty well demonstrated when the 'Weehawken' got hard and fast aground in the channel, between Sumter and Cumming's Point, and Sumter could not fire upon her for lack of guns. Sumter was now, in fact, nothing but an outpost to be held by the enemy as a matter of pride--nothing more--and without power to inflict a particle of injury on any one, unless it might be a party that attempted to gain admission over the debris that blocked the entrances, and afforded no footing for a Earty of boarders. A small party within, owever, could easily bar the way or inflict serious injury upon an attacking-party that might attempt to take the work by assault. All these matters had been very fully discussed, but it does not appear that General Gillmore was consulted as to the feasibility of an attempt to take Sumter by assault, or applied to for the assistance of his steady and practiced assaulters, who had had considerable experience in attacking forts. Brave and dashing as sailors may be, for this kind of business they lack that steady movement and discipline which makes an attacking force a unit, and carries everything before it: while sailors, drilled to board a ship with a cheer and a rush, have a less methodical way, which may succeed: if checked for one moment by regulars and steady troops in an operation of the ki...

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