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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)
the honor of reporting my arrival to you in person, and by your order at once proceeded to tow the mortar schooners inside the bar. From that date until the 13th day of April, we were constantly engaged towing and assisting in getting the United States ships Mississippi and Pensacola over the bar at Southwest Pass. On the 13th, Extracts from a report of Assistant F. H. Gerdes, commanding surveying steamer Sachem, to Professor A. D. Bache, Superintendent of the coast Survey. April 13.--At daylight of the 13th of April, I again got under way and took the lead, the gun-boats of the flotilla and the naval vessels in the vicinity following the Sa13th of April, I again got under way and took the lead, the gun-boats of the flotilla and the naval vessels in the vicinity following the Sachem. The following disposition was made of my party: 1. Sub-Assistant J. G. Oltmanns and Mr. T. C. Bowie repaired on board the Owasco, and used during the day a boat and armed crew from that vessel; they ascended the river on the west bank. 2. Myself and Assistant Jos. Harris, after leaving the Sachem off the Salt Works
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)
h surrounded at their gun, fought hand to hand with their cutlasses to the last, and when the enemy retreated, turned the gun upon them — this, too, after their officer (an acting ensign) had retreated, and behaved so badly that his resignation was afterwards demanded. Here was a great difference between the men and their officer, and it is to be hoped that the former will live to see their names honorably mentioned while that of their leader is withheld as unworthy of notice. On the 13th of April, the Confederates, taking advantage of the absence of the gun-boats, marched on Columbus. Ky.; but when Colonel Lawrence, who commanded the post, refused to listen to a demand for its surrender, they turned upon Fort Pillow, and captured it after a desperate conflict. Fort Pillow was retaken by Lieutenant-Commander Fitch, but the enemy carried off with them everything it had contained in the shape of guns or stores, and retreated to Ashport. The Union transports then landed troops a