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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)
he partially iron-clad St. Louis (flag steamer, Lieut. Paulding), Louisville (Commander Dove), and Pittsburg (Lieut. Egbt. Thompson); also the wooden gun-boats Conestoga (Lieut. Phelps), and Taylor (Lieut. Gwin), and several transports with re-enforcements for General Grant of 8,000 men. About midnight Captain Walke reported in person to the flag-officer. After the battle of Fort Donelson. Three gun boats remained until after the surrender of Fort Donelson, which took place on Sunday, February 16th, when they steamed up the river above the fort to Dover. There our officers and men met in good cheer. Our usual divine service was then performed on board the Carondelet. 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
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
en the gun-boats were obliged to drop down before the fire of the works at Fort Donelson, Flag-officer Foote proceeded to Cairo to repair some of his vessels, leaving behind him the iron-clads Louisville, Commander B. M. Dove, Carondelet, Commander Henry Walke, and the St. Louis. From all accounts the Carondelet seems to have suffered more than any other vessel in the fleet, both in killed and wounded and damage to her hull. Commander Dove, the senior officer present, reports on the 16th of February that the condition of the Carondelet's wounded would not admit of their being moved, or the guns to be used, and it is difficult to understand why a vessel in such a condition should not have been sent to a dock-yard and her wounded placed in the hospital; but the Carondelet was a sturdy craft and was always found in the front of battle. Commander Dove, as senior officer, had the satisfaction of receiving the surrender of Fort Donelson. He says: On approaching near enough two white