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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
d States Flag-Ship Hartford, at anchor off the city of New Orleans, April 28, 1862. Sir — Your communication of the 26th instant has been received, together with that of the city councils. I deeply regret to see, both by their contents and the fice, custom-house, and mint. What passed at this interview will be better stated in the flag-officer's report. On the 26th I went with the flag-officer some seven miles above the city, where we found the defences abandoned, the guns spiked, and -officer D. G. Farragut. Headquarters Forts Jackson and St. Philip, April 27, 1862. Sir — Your letter of the 26th instant, demanding the surrender of these forts, has been received. In reply thereto, I have to state that no official informw. The mortar flotilla is still fresh and ready for service. Truly, the backbone of the rebellion is broken. On the 26th of the month I sent six of the mortar schooners to the back of Fort Jackson, to look up the bayous and prevent supplies ge
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
ed in this action, and disabled from service during this campaign. This affair reflected the highest credit upon the officers and men engaged. General Banks' report as here quoted, though it sounds plausible enough, will not bear criticism. He implies that a delay of sixteen days was caused by the inability of the fleet to ascend the rapids (Falls) at Alexandria It should be remembered that Banks himself did not arrive in Alexandria until the 25th. and the rear-guard of his army on the 26th, after a fatiguing march. At least two days were required to reorganize the different corps after arrival. Banks says the first gun-boat could only pass the Rapids on the 28th,whereas on that day the heaviest of the vessels, the Eastport, ascended the Falls, and seven or eight others — all that were needed — had been above the Falls for some days waiting for the Army to move. Finally, the gun-boats pushed ahead, and on the 30th the Eastport, which General Banks says delayed the Army, took
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)
with operations till near midnight, when it became impossible to land with any safety. Much dissatisfaction, I am told, was shown by the soldiers and their officers when they were informed that they were to re-embark, and it was with some difficulty that they could be made to get into the boats. They were loud in their denunciation of the order turning them back, saying that they had gone there to take the fort, and they were going to do it before they left, etc., etc. The next day, the 26th, the surf was too high for safe transit from the shore, and this vessel was employed in making a reconnoissance of the enemy's works. Nothing new, however, was discovered, and after exchanging a few shots with Fort Fisher we returned to the anchorage for the night. The following day all our boats were sent, and, after some difficulty, the remaining troops were safely embarked. I have endeavored in the above to give you my ideas of the effect of our fire on the enemy's works, which was to