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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
wise expedition into the Red River region, from which his army was only extricated through the presence of the naval force — which for a time was also seriously embarrassed. The Navy Department, finding that no co-operation could be expected from General Banks, directed Farragut (January, 1864) to prepare his vessels for an attack on the forts in Mobile Bay, and promised that a land force should be forthcoming at the time the fleet was ready to commence operations. On the morning of January 20th Farragut crossed the bar of Mobile Bay in the Octorara, taking the Itasca in company in case of accidents, and made a thorough reconnaissance of the bay and of all the forts commanding its approaches. He moved up to within three and one-half miles of the enemy's works, where he was able to verify the reports of refugees who had brought him a statement of the condition of the Confederate works. He could count the number of guns and see the men standing by them. A line of piles, which ex
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
lized by the first, unexpected, broadside. Semmes did not seem disposed to make much capital out of this victory. Nothing remained for him to do in this vicinity; so, after he had picked up the officers and crew of the Hatteras, he put out all his lights and steamed away for the coast of Yucatan, congratulating himself that he had been able to satisfy his men with this substitute for his contemplated attack on Banks' transports. The Alabama received little damage in the fight, and on January 20th arrived at Jamaica, where the prisoners were landed, on parole, to find their way home as best they could. It is but fair to state that the officers and men of the Hatteras were kindly treated by their captors, and Lieutenant-Commander Blake was received as a guest in the cabin. The Alabama sailed from Jamaica on the 25th of January, 1863, bound for the coast of Brazil. Captain Semmes had been treated with every possible attention by the British officers at Jamaica, and flattered him
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
r Armstrongs, completely commanded the channel, and were nearly out of reach of projectiles from the seaward. After an examination of the forts, Lieutenant Cushing hoisted the American flag on Fort Caswell and pushed on to Smithville, a heavily fortified point on Cape Fear River. The garrison departed as soon as the Monticello hove in sight, leaving everything in this heavy and beautiful fortification uninjured, and only two 9-inch guns spiked in the work at Deep River Point. Up to January 20th, only one gun-boat, the Tacony, Lieutenant-Commander W. T. Truxton, had succeeded after hard work in getting past the Rip, a bad shoal which barred the way, after passing Fort Buchanan, to the fair channel of Cape Fear River. The Admiral at once sent her to Reeves' Point, about three miles above Fort Fisher, on the west side of the river, to disable the guns at that place, presuming that the enemy had already abandoned it in the panic. Thus, in twenty-four hours after the capture of F