October 5, 1863
---On this night, the CSS David, a torpedo boat (semi-submersible vessel), carries out an attack on the USS New Ironsides just at the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Lt. Cmdr. William Glassell commands the small crew. Equipped with a 14-foot spar, the David steams toward the New Ironsides and detonates a spar torpedo under its hull, but which does not appreciably damage the Federal armored ship, in spite of considerable blister in the hull. A surge from the blast swamps the smokestack and engine. Since the engines are flooded, some of the crew leap overboard, and Glassell is captured by a Yankee patrol boat.
|Schematic drawing of the CSS David|
|USS New Ironsides bombarding Fort Sumter|
---At Chattanooga, Confederate batteries open fire on the Federal works, but few of the projectiles even reach the fortifications. However, the Rebel guns do command a stretch of the river. Union troops are building a pontoon bridge which Rosecrans hopes will circumvent the interdiction of their supply route.