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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
close contracts, securing themselves from loss in case of damage to their chartered steamers. This heterogeneous crowd of naval vessels and transports arrived at Hatteras Inlet on the morning of the 13th of January, 1862, and were all taken across the bar, where there was barely seven and one-half feet of water. They arrived at the beginning of a northeast gale which lasted two days, during which time many of the vessels were severely battered ere they could reach safe quarters. On the 20th seventeen naval armed steamers were over the bar and safely anchored inside, under the command of Com. S. C. Rowan. This in effect gave the Federal forces full control of Pamlico Sound, but the military command could only be retained by the capture of Roanoke Island. It was not until the 22d that Gen. Burnside was able to get all his transports over the bar and into still water. Had the enemy been on the alert with what gun-boats they had, they would have caused great disturbance to our
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
e endangered, and the levee cut; we went to work with renewed vigor, and never flagged to the last. On the night of the 20th, an expedition was fitted out, under Commander Bell, for the purpose of breaking the chain; it was composed of the gunboatraw them for a time, I returned and delivered your order to Lieutenant-Commander Watson Smith, who executed it. On the 20th, 21st, 22d, and 23d, we were engaged in supplying the mortar schooners with ammunition — very often under fire. On the d cut two main shrouds. At 4 P. M., ceased firing, the bombardment being continued by the divisions in watches. On the 20th, 21st, 22d, and 23d, the firing was continued by the divisions in watches, excepting during the watch from 8 to midnight of the 20th, when the whole flotilla fired rapidly, while an expedition from the squadron cut the barrier chain near the forts. No further injuries were sustained by persons in the first division, and but little damage to hulls, rigging, or spars,
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
ragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. United States Steamer Octorora, Vicksburg, July 3, 1862. Sir — Agreeably to the orders received from you I sailed from Pensacola on the 3d of June, and on the 9th had all the mortar vessels in New Orleans. On the 13th, sixteen vessels, in tow of the steamers, had left for Vicksburg, on half rations, the officers and men being desirous to arrive at the scene of action in good time. On the 20th, we were before Vicksburg, ready for service, having met with no delay or accidents on the passage. On one occasion the flotilla was attacked with field-pieces at Ellis Bluffs, but the rebels were handsomely repulsed by the Owasco and Jackson, Lieutenants Commanding Guest and Woodworth. The mortar schooners George Mangham and Arletta, Acting-Masters John Collins and Thomas E. Smith, and the Horace Beales and Sarah Bruin, Lieutenant-Commander Breese and Acting-Master A. Christian, were also
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)
hich was soon confirmed by other intelligence. On the 18th, a forage train sent out by Steele was captured by the enemy, the first disaster occurring during Steele's long march through a difficult country swarming with the enemy's troops. On the 20th, a supply train arrived from Pine Bluff and was sent back on the 22d, escorted by a brigade of infantry, four pieces of artillery, and a proper force of cavalry. On the 25th, news was received that the train had been captured and the colonel in ce hands of the enemy. On his return to Grand Ecore he found the army quite excited at the news that they were going back to Alexandria, though the different divisions were ordered to be in readiness to march against the enemy! At noon of the 20th, General A. J. Smith's division marched out on the road to Nachitoches, and were kept for some time under arms. All kinds of rumors were flying about: first that the cavalry had been driven in; then that the Confederates were advancing on Banks
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 43: operations of the Mississippi squadron, under Admiral Porter, after the Red River expedition. (search)
tached to one of the companies of engineer troops now being organized in that department, under the Act of Congress to provide and organize engineer troops to serve during the war. Approved March 20, 1863. A. L. Rives, Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting-Chief of Bureau. Approved — James A. Seddon, Secretary of War. Confederate States of America, War Department, Engineer Bureau, September 15, 1863. General — I have the honor to send, in addition to the names specified in my letter of the 20th ultimo, the following list of men, who, by wish of the Honorable Secretary of War, are to be employed in your department, on the special service of destroying the enemy's property by torpedoes and similar inventions, viz.: [Names.] These men should each be enlisted in and form part of an engineer company, but will nevertheless be employed, so far as possible, on the service specified above. When the public interest, in your judgment, requires it, details of additional men may be made, either
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
ation to announce to the Department that every officer and man did their duty — exhibiting a degree of coolness and fortitude which gave promise at the outset of certain victory. I have the honor to be, most respectfully, your obedient servant, John A. Winslow, Captain. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. To this dispatch the Secretary of the Navy responded as follows: Navy Department, July 6, 1864. Sir — Your very brief dispatches of the 19th and 20th ultimo, informing the Department that the piratical craft Alabama, or 290, had been sunk on the 19th of June near meridian, by the Kearsarge, under your command, were this day received. I congratulate you on your good fortune in meeting this vessel, which had so long avoided the fastest ships and some of the most vigilant and intelligent officers of the service; and for the ability displayed in this combat you have the thanks of the Department. You will please express to the officers and cre
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 54: capture of Richmond.--the destruction of the Confederate fleet in the James River, etc. (search)
e former column was supposed by the Confederates to be a day's march in advance of the other, and it was therefore determined to concentrate all their available troops against it on the 19th. Then was fought the battle of Bentonville by the combined forces of Bragg and Hardee, with the object of crippling Sherman before he could effect a junction with Schofield and Terry, and the action was for a time so severe that it looked as if General Johnston would accomplish his purpose. But on the 20th General Sherman's whole army confronted the Confederates; before daybreak, on the 22d, General Johnston moved towards Smithfield, leaving many of his wounded on the field. His loss in the three days fighting, according to Confederate accounts, was 224 killed and 1,499 wounded, the small loss being accounted for by the fact that the Confederates fought under cover, which gave them a great advantage over the Federal troops. Next day (the 23d) the junction was made by General Sherman with the