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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 18: capture of forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the surrender of New Orleans. (search)
best speed. The vessels that had passed the forts below, gave short account of these batteries, though the work was very sharp while it lasted, especially on account of the time during which the slow ships were held under a raking fire. From this point resistance ceased, and about noon on the 25th of April, the fleet anchored off New Orleans. which the retreat of General Lovell left defenseless and in the hands of the civil authorities. Lieut. Com. John Guest was sent at noon of the 25th to Fort Jackson under a flag of truce, to call upon the Confederate commander, in view of the uselessness of further bloodshed, to surrender the forts and the remnants of the Confederate Navy at the place, as Farragut had passed up the river with little loss, and was probably then in New Orleans. General Duncan replied very civilly, but declined to surrender before hearing from the city. Immediately upon the receipt of this reply by Commander Porter. a very rapid mortar-fire was opened u
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
the English Turn until about 10:30 A. M. on the 25th; but all the morning I had seen abundant evidensteamers on our way up the river. On the 25th instant, steaming up the river, cleared ship for acis city, and which latter took place on the 25th instant. Your order to me was that this ship shought to receive it. In the action of the 25th instant with the batteries just below the city the d this ship on the mornings of the 24th and 25th instant. It becomes my duty to add that, on the ely ordered to do so; and on the morning of the 25th, without my knowledge, he again stole to his stnd in the battle of New Orleans, at noon on the 25th. Action with forts Jackson and St. Philip. his ship in the engagements of the 24th and 25th instant, with Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the reb M., we were again under way at daylight on the 25th, and, in company with the squadron, stood up thagement with the defences of New Orleans on the 25th. as well as on previous occasions when on adva[3 more...]
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)
, which two vessels gallantly performed their part in the engagement, and knowing that it was impossible to reduce a single one of those hill-top batteries, at 7.25 A. M., after sustaining their fire for two hours and forty minutes, I discontinued the action, and at 8.25 A. M., came to anchor about two and a half miles below Vicksburg. My reason for not following the flag-ship up the river, that is, above and beyond the fire of the forts, is simply because, in your general order of the 25th instant, you say Should the action be continued by the enemy, the ships and the Iroquois and Oneida will stop their engines and drop down the river again; and, on the evening of the 27th, twice (when in the cabin and on the quarterdeck of your flag-ship) I asked you if it was your wish or desire for me to leave any batteries behind me that had not been silenced, you answered No, sir; not on any account. It affords me great pleasure to bear witness to the excellent deportment of my officers and
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)
behind. On the 18th of March, General A. J. Smith arrived, ready to march at a moment's notice when Banks should give the order. Meanwhile, there was no news whatever of General Banks' whereabouts. His cavalry arrived on the 19th, and on the 25th, eight days after he had agreed to meet the Admiral at Alexandria, he appeared upon the scene. Then commenced a series of delays, which culminated in disasters, that have left a reproach upon the Red River expedition which time cannot efface; forch 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 command of the escort mortally wounded. Before this time the Confederates had learned that Banks had retreated to stay, and General Kirby Smith with 8,000 Confederates had j
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
dition were on the ground--the remainder had just arrived from Texas and were at Berwick Bay without transportation, and the cavalry had not arrived from New Orleans. Franklin started on the 13th, and his advance-guard reached Alexandria on the 25th, the rear-guard and pontoon train on the 26th and 27th. Thus Franklin marched at the rate of sixteen miles 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 arrivetated by General Franklin, their march was delayed until the 13th, at which time the advance, under General A. L Lee, left Franklin, the whole column following soon after and arriving at Alexandria, the cavalry on the 19th, and the infantry on the 25th. On the 13th of March, 1864, one division of the 16th corps, under Brigadier-General Mower, and one division of the 17th corps, under Brigadier-General T. Kilby Smith--the whole under command of Brigadier-General A. J. Smith--landed at Simmspor
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
evidence of the deponents, coupled with the character of the vessel, make it reasonably clear that she was intended for warlike use against the United States, and recommended that she be seized without loss of time. Notwithstanding that the urgency of the case was well known to the Government, and notwithstanding also that of the four depositions upon which the law officers chiefly based their opinion, one had been received on the 21st of July, two others on the 23d, and the fourth on the 25th, the report was not presented until the 29th. On that day, however, the Alabama left Liverpool, without an armament, and ostensibly on a trial trip. She ran down to Port Lynas, on the coast of Anglesea, about fifty miles from Liverpool. Here she remained for two days completing her preparations. On the morning of the 31st she got underway and stood to the northward up the Irish Sea; and, rounding the northern coast of Ireland, she passed out into the Atlantic. Among the innumerable s
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
rmy was already provided. At 7 A. M., on the 25th, signal was made for the ships to get underway ed work called the Mound Battery. On the 25th instant, the range was shorter and the firing of tho) planted 230 shot in the enemy's works on the 25th, and exploded 996 shells. The above will gi my accounts of the actions of the 24th and 25th instant, against Fort Fisher, I omitted mentioning e arrived from Hampton Roads the morning of the 25th, just in time to take her place with the other he part took in the actions of the 24th and 25th ultimo, I have to state that at 1:20 P. M., on theifles, and one (1) 11-inch pivot-gun. On the 25th I took my position as before, although nearer tart they took in the action of the 24th and 25th instant, but also their impressions as to the damagrebel from the point. On the second day, the 25th, this ship was sent to silence some of the enem report that, in the action of the 24th and 25th instant, this vessel was with the vessels on the ex[1 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
he return of General Butler from Beaufort; but it would seem, from the notice taken of it in the Southern newspapers, that the enemy were never enlightened as to the object of the explosion until they were informed by the Northern press. On the 25th a landing was effected without opposition, and a reconnoissance under Brevet-Brigadier-General Curtis pushed up towards the fort. But, before receiving a full report of the result of this reconnoissance, General Butler, in direct violation of the] This is the most crooked narrative ever written by one claiming to be a historian. The author affirms that there was no concert of action between General Butler and the Admiral, and yet he says (vol. 3, page 315): On the morning of the 25th, Butler sent Weitzel to Porter to arrange the programme for the day. It was decided that the fleet should attack the fort again, while the troops were to land, and, if possible, assault under cover of the naval fire as soon as the Half Moon and Fl