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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)
e at noon; reopened at 6 P. M. and fired until 8 P. M., firing as before. During the day the Griffiths threw 56 shells; the Racer, 46; the Sarah Bruen, 49; the Henry James, 40; the Dan Smith, 67; and the Sea Foam, 52. Sixth day.--At 4 A. M., April 23, the division reopened fire, each vessel firing at intervals of about ten minutes, ceasing at 8 A. M. At 4 P. M., again opened fire from each vessel of the division at intervals of about twelve minutes, keeping it up until 6 P. M. During the day lost, and begging me to go in search of them, as he had his hands full of the attack that in all probability was to come off during the night. This, of course, was resolved on, and to-morrow, by sunrise, a boat will be sent for the purpose. April 23.--At daylight, I dispatched Mr. Oltmanns, the first mate, and a crew of six men, all doubly armed and well provisioned with food and water, in the second cutter in search of the missing boat expedition, directing him to leave written notices at
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
rangements made by Captain Lamson, U. S. N., commanding gun-boats in the upper Nansemond during the operations of the 19th and 20th instants, were fully known to and approved by me. The conduct of Captain Lamson, his officers and men, was bold and gallant in the extreme. I remain, Admiral, etc., George W. Getty, Brigadier-General, Commanding. Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee, etc., etc. The operations to which these brief letters alluded were those which took place between April 12th and April 23d, in which Lieutenant Lamson, commander of a small flotilla, co-operated with Generals Peck and Getty for the protection of Suffolk, Virginia. During this time the fighting was hard and incessant, and but for the aid of the naval force Suffolk would, without doubt, have fallen into the hands of General Longstreet, who, with a large army, attempted unsuccessfully to cross the river and surround the Union works. That little fleet of gun-boats was under a constant fire for days without o
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
avy Department in order that proper appropriations should be made. The same unwillingness to grant the Navy money exists to-day, and the country, as regards this arm of defence, is in a deplorable condition. Following the capture of Plymouth, the Confederates early in May made an attack on Newbern, drove in the pickets, and took possession of the railroad; but there was a fair force of gun-boats at this point, and the summons of the enemy to surrender the town was refused. On the 23d of April, Captain Melancton Smith assumed command of the naval forces in the sounds of North Carolina, with orders, if possible, to destroy the ram Albemarle, either by running her down with the double-ender gun-boats or in such other manner as his judgment might suggest. The most efficient vessels at the disposal of Captain Smith were the Miami, Commander Renshaw; Tacony, Lieutenant-Commander Truxtun; Sassacus, Lieutenant-Commander Roe; Mattabesett, Commander Febiger, and the Wyalusing, Lieutena