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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
t. as the most appropriate way of giving thanks to God, the only Giver of victory, and under such circumstances it makes a very happy impression on all sincere hearts. The Carondelet had had two 32 or 42-pounder shot in her bow between wind and water, and leaked badly; her hull and her crew being more cut up and disabled than any other gun-boat of the squadron. As General Grant could then dispense with her services, she returned to Cairo for repairs. Arriving there on the morning of the 17th, Commander Walke reported to the flag-officer the success of our arms, and the surrender of Fort Donelson to General Grant. Flag-officer Foote immediately issued the following Congratulatory orderFebruary 17th, 1862. Flag-officer Foote, the Commander-in-chief of the Naval Forces on the Western waters, while he congratulates the survivors of the distinguished gun-boat, Carondelet in the several actions so bravely fought, sympathizes with the wounded who have gloriously periled their
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
the arrival of coal. On the first day the citadel was set on fire, and burnt until two o'clock the next morning. On the 17th we made but little apparent impression on the fort. On the 18th we dismounted one of their heavy Columbiads and otherwi The forts having opened upon us, our signal of recall was made, and we returned to our station. On the morning of the 17th, our boats, together with those of the mortar flotilla, extinguished the fire, and towed on shore a large fire-raft; and on the night of the 17th, we ran alongside to windward of another large fire-raft. We threw water from our force-pumps upon it, and materially assisted in subduing the flames. On the afternoon of the 18th, after assisting in towing the mortar scho on the forts from the left bank of the river. This day the enemy fired about twenty shots, but without effect. On the 17th, our boats, in charge of Mr. Babb, were employed in towing fire ships clear of the fleet. On the 18th, at 6 A. M., we g
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)
he Confederate commander-in-chief was a wary old soldier, disposed to act on the defensive. It was not until the 25th of March that General Banks' infantry commenced arriving under the command of General Franklin. It was as fine a body of troops as were ever seen, and the best dressed and equipped of any soldiers in the Southwest. Notwithstanding a march of twenty-one miles, they came in quite fresh and full of spirits. But more than a week of valuable time had been lost since the 17th instant, the day on which General Banks promised to meet the Navy at Alexandria, and the conclusion arrived at was that the General did not possess the military virtue of punctuality which the Navy had recognized in Generals Grant, Sherman, A. J. Smith, and other officers with whom they had hitherto cooperated. As soon as the Admiral reached Alexandria, he commenced getting the vessels above the Falls, although the water was falling in the river at the rate of an inch a day, and the larger ves
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
which the following is an extract: General Banks with 17,000 men and 10,000 of Sherman's will be in Alexandria on the 17th. * * * * Sherman insists upon my moving upon Shreveport to co-operate with the above-mentioned forces with all my effectivneral Banks, dated March 6. He expects to effect a junction with Sherman's forces (Smith's Division) on Red River, on the 17th. He desires that positive orders be sent to Steele to move in conjunction with them for Red River, with all his available a day over bad roads, having to build many bridges across streams; while Banks, who had agreed to be at Alexandria on the 17th, only arrived on the 25th in a fast steamer — yet General Banks undertakes to say that Franklin received orders to march o at Franklin should move for the Red River on the 7th of March, to meet the forces of General Sherman at Alexandria on the 17th. But, for causes stated by General Franklin, their march was delayed until the 13th, at which time the advance, under Gen
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
and a considerable naval force under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, consisting of the Shenandoah, Juniata, Canandaigua, State of Georgia, Pawnee. Sonoma, Ottawa, Winona, Wando, Geranium and Iris, with launches in which to land troops at Bull's Bay. Great difficulty was experienced in finding a channel into the harbor, but a, landing was finally effected; after which, the Pawnee and Winona was sent to South Edisto River to assist General Hatch, who was moving on Wellstown with his division. On the 17th a movement was made from Stono River on the Confederates, while the iron-clads Lehigh, the Wissahickon and a mortar schooner were sent up the Stono to press the right flank of the enemy, while the gun-boat McDonough was sent with a mortar schooner up the Filly branch to bear on his left flank. General Schimmelfennig, in command of the troops before Charleston, moved on the enemy's front from Cole's Island. Admiral Dahlgren also sent orders to Lieutenant Hayward, commanding the battery of 11-