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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
asion, with a hope that their names might be enrolled by a grateful country with those which in former years shed so much lustre on the American flag. On November 22d, 1861, Commodore McKean. after consultation with General Harvey Brown at Fort Pickens, determined to make an attack on Fort McRae and its defences with the Niagara and Richmond, while Fort Pickens was to open on the Confederate batteries with its guns. It was time something should be attempted in this quarter, for from April 16th up to this time (Nov. 22d) nothing had been Capture of the privateer Royal Yacht by a volunteer crew from the frigate Santee, under command of Lieut. James E. Jouett. done to show that there was any hostile feeling between the Federal and Confederate forces at Pensacola. Both the Niagara and Richmond were vessels of heavy draft; the former could not enter the harbor, and the latter, to co-operate with her, would have to lie a long way outside of the fort and earthworks. The Niagara w
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)
purchase by the Government.Dan Smith, Act. Mast. George W. Brown. The leading vessels of the first division were moored at a distance of 2,850 yards from Fort Jackson, and 3,680 yards from Fort St. Philip, the others occupying positions close under the bank and below the first--this same order being preserved by the third division. The second division was placed at the opposite bank of the river, with its head 3,680 yards from Fort Jackson. The bombardment commenced on the morning of April 16th, each vessel firing at the rate of one shell every ten minutes. Forts Jackson and St. Philip returned the mortar fire immediately, though not at once effectually, owing to the secure position of the vessels behind the natural rampart afforded by the bank. The Confederate fire becoming better upon obtaining the range, Lieut. Com. Guest with the Octorara, was sent to the head of the line to open fire with his eleven-inch gun. This position was occupied for an hour and fifty minutes, and
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 27: expedition through Steele's Bayou and Deer Creek. (search)
done to her was not material, and she joined Farragut, and afterward performed good service down river. If such frail boats as these could pass in open daylight, there was no reason why transports could not pass at night, under the lee of the iron-clads. A number of transports were prepared by packing them well with cotton-bales. Their crews in most cases declining to serve, their places were filled by volunteers from the Army. The pilots, as a rule, determined to stay by their vessels, and put them through, if possible. It was a hazardous task, but the pilots, a brave set of officers, got used to it after awhile, and running the batteries came to be considered by them as not much more dangerous than racing with another steamer, with the captain sitting on the safety-valve. This seemed to be the spirit which animated soldier volunteers who were, in many cases, sailors. With these preparations the expedition was ready to move at the appointed time — the night of April 16th
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)
ral Banks in a gun-boat did not reach General Steele in time to save the large wagon-train captured by the enemy. But to return to affairs on Red River. When it was found that Banks would probably retreat to Alexandria, the Admiral got the Eastport and other large vessels over the bar at Grand Ecore, and directed them to proceed to Alexandria, while the Lexington and Osage were detailed to convoy the transports, and see them safe to Alexandria, when they were ready to move. On the 16th of April, the Admiral received a dispatch from Lieutenant-Commander Phelps, reporting that the Eastport had been sunk by a torpedo eight miles below Grand Ecore. The Confederates had planted numbers of these along the river, but as they had hitherto done no damage, the Navy paid little attention to them. When the Admiral reached the Eastport, he found her resting on the bottom, with her gun-deck above water. Hastening to Alexandria, he sent up two pump-boats, with orders to Lieutenant-Comman
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
uccess for the Confederates, and was blown up by a torpedo, fifteen miles above Jacksonville — this being the highway to Palatka and above, where Federal troops were being constantly transported. The duty on the river became very hazardous, for a severe torpedo warfare was carried on in small boats during dark nights by the Confederate torpedo corps, which first made its appearance on the Mississippi in 1862. The above operations in Florida of the Army and Navy lasted from March 6th to April 16th, when orders were received from the War Department for the troops to be sent North, in consequence of which the gun-boats were withdrawn; but while employed with the Army, Commander Balch, Lieutenant-Commander S. Livingston Breese, of the Ottawa, and the commanders of the Mahaska and Norwich performed good and gallant service. It must not be supposed that there were not constantly occurring gallant affairs on the Federal side as well as on that of the Confederates; for though the latter