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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
mmendation. I am happy to inform you that while exposed at close quarters to a most terrible fire for thirty minutes, our boats, though struck repeatedly, sustained no serious injuries. General Jeff Thompson was on board the General Bragg, his officers and men were divided among the boats. They were all at their posts ready to do good service should the occasion offer. To my officers and men I am highly indebted for their courage and promptness in executing all orders. On the 11th instant, I went in the Little Rebel in full view of the enemy's fleet, and saw the Carondelet [Cincinnati] sunk near the shore, and the Mound City sunk on the bar. The position occupied by the enemy's gunboats above Fort Pillow, offers more obstacles to our mode of attack than any between Cairo and New Orleans, but of this you may rest assured that they will never penetrate further down the Mississippi River. Our casualties were two killed and one wounded. [Signed.] J. E. Montgomery, Se
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
1863. Sir — I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt this morning, by the Freeborn, of your communication of the 11th instant, directing the maintaining of a large force off Charleston to menace the rebels and keep them in apprehension of a renroe. The Department will probably have known, on the 12th instant, the result of the attack. In my dispatch of the 11th instant, dated off Charleston, the department was made aware of my withdrawal, with the iron-clads, from the very insecure ancr to push forward their repairs in order to send them to the Gulf as directed; but I presume that your dispatch of the 11th instant, and the telegraphic message from the President, revoke your previous order I shall spare no exertions in repairingn of troops and ships in that quarter would accomplish the purpose of the Government mentioned in your dispatch of the 11th instant, as it is a military point from which Charleston could be attacked now, James Island being fully occupied by the enemy
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
24-pound howitzer. Stepping Stones (light ferry-boat),with a battery of howitzers. The Commodore Barney, Lieutenant W. B. Cushing, was also detached from other duty and sent to Jamestown Island. Commander (afterwards Rear-Admiral) Stephen D. Trenchard. The above list of vessels will show to what shifts the Navy was put to meet the calls made upon it by the Army. Gun-boats were called for everywhere, and these demands were more than the naval commander could comply with. On the 11th, Major-General Keyes telegraphed that the Federal troops in the neighborhood of Williamsburg were being driven by a large force of Confederates down towards the mouth of Queen's Creek, and that, if a large force of gun-boats was not sent to Yorktown, even Yorktown itself might fall. The Commodore Morris (the only available vessel) was sent immediately to the York River to co-operate with the Crusader, then there. Any one can imagine the embarrassment the commander-in-chief labored under t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
exandria, La.. and would meet him at that place on the 17th of March. On the 10th of March the naval vessels had assembled at the mouth of Red River, and, on the 11th, General A. J. Smith arrived with 10,000 excellent soldiers in transports. After inspecting the forces on shore, the Army and Navy moved up the river on the 12th,t least, have remained at Pleasant Hill until the dead were buried, the wounded brought in, and the recaptured artillery and wagons taken from the field. On the 11th, the army reached Grand Ecore, and we do not think any one was much surprised to find that the gun-boats and transports had not returned. The general belief was toccasion required, to preserve the prescribed order. Thus the fleet proceeded at the rate of a mile or two an hour, until they arrived at Conchatta Chute on the 11th, where General Kilby Smith received dispatches from Banks, notifying him that he was falling back, and directing Smith to return at once to Grand Ecore and report.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
swung around against some rock on the left, and made a fine cushion for the vessels, and prevented them, as it afterwards appeared, from running on certain destruction. The force of the water and the current being too great to construct a continuous dam of six hundred feet across the river in so short a time, Colonel Bailey determined to leave a gap of fifty-five feet in the dam, and build a series of wing-dams on the upper falls. This was accomplished in three days time, and, on the 11th instant, the Mound City, Carondelet and Pittsburg came over the upper falls, a good deal of labor having been expended in hauling them through, the channel being very crooked, scarcely wide enough for them. Next day the Ozark, Louisville, Chillicothe, and two tugs also succeeded in crossing the upper falls. Immediately afterwards, the Mound City, Carondelet, and Pittsburg started in succession to pass the dam, all their hatches battened down, and every precaution taken to prevent accident. The
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
dragged by the sailors in boats, and sixteen large submerged torpedoes were taken up. On the 10th instant the Octorara, Lieutenant-Commander W. W. Low, and the iron-clads were succesful, by the diligent exertions of Commander Pierce Crosby, of the Metacomet, in clearing the rivers of torpedoes, in moving up nearly abreast of Spanish Fort. From this position, Lieutenant-Commander Low, with his rifled gun, shelled forts Huger and Tracy with such effect that both forts were evacuated on the 11th instant, and the naval forces took possession, capturing a few prisoners in the adjoining marshes. The sailors held their position in these works till General Canby could garrison them with troops. On April 12th, Rear-Admiral Thatcher moved with the gun-boats, convoying 8,000 men of General Granger's force to the west side of Mobile Bay, for the purpose of attacking Mobile. On their anchoring at the objective point, it was found that the Confederates had evacuated all their defences and retr