Battery White could have defended Winyah Bay

On February 28, 1865, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren of the Flagship Harvest Moon reported on the state of Battery White:

“The battery was found to be a well-constructed and formidable work, mounting 15 guns, of which 2 are x-inch columbiads. The previous accounts of this battery had varied so much as to render our knowledge of it uncertain. Generally, it had been much underrated and supposed to be unable to resist the attack of a single vessel or a few men. But we can now understand that it was well placed, well constructed, and strongly armed, so that we should have had some trouble to reduce it if well manned.

(Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Vol. 16 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903), p. 273.)

~ by LMcL on February 28, 1865.

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