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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 3: closing of Southern ports.--increase of the Navy.--list of vessels and their stations.--purchased vessels.--vessels constructing, etc. (search)
g the arrival of vessels from our foreign squadrons, the department early directed such as were dismantled and in ordinary at the different yards, and which could be made available, to be repaired and put in commission. They are exclusive of those lost at Norfolk Navy Yard, embraced in the following table: Names. Where. Ordered to be prepared for sea service with dispatch. Put in commission, or ready for officers and crew. Sailed. Frigates--   1861. 1861. 1861.   Potomac New York April 27 July 30 Sept. 10   St. Lawrence Philadelphia April 20 Late in May. June 29   Santee Portsmouth, N. H April 17 May 27 June 20 Sloops--           Savannah New York April 1 June 1 July 10   Jamestown Philadelphia April 9 May 18 June 8   Vincennes Boston April 9 June 24 July 12   Marion Portsmouth April 20 June 30 July 14   Dale Portsmouth April 20 June 30 July 17   Preble Boston April 20 June 22 July 11 Brigs--           Bainbridge Boston April 20 M
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
h, being run into from two different quarters by iron-clad steamers of the enemy. This was a most brilliant exploit. His ship sunk with her colors flying, but not before she had crippled, burned and sunk six of the opposing steamers. In the afternoon, I got under way, the machinery working well forward. We dropped anchor alongside the Harriet Lane, and I had a conference with the commander. He sent his and other engineers to examine the Sachem's machinery, when all appeared right. April 27.--We got under way after sunrise and stood off Pass à l'outre, and brought over the bar 15 feet. At noon, we arrived off Sable Island, where we found General Butler in the steam transport Mississippi. I called on him and had a long conversation respecting the coast. At 2 o'clock, he came on board the Sachem and I took him to the rear of Fort Jackson; from thence he took a boat up to the Quarantine, using one of the smaller bayous for his passage. I dispatched Mr. Harris at once to stake
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
hip Rockingham, from the Chincha Islands, with a cargo of guano, bound to Cork. Semmes, after removing the crew and such provisions and stores as he wanted, made a target of the Rockingham, exercising his crew in firing shot and shell at her, which they did with great precision, owing doubtless to the circumstance that the Rockingham could not return the fire; for we find on a subsequent occasion, when the Kearsarge was the target, this same crew fired with very little effect. On the 27th of April the Tycoon, of New York, with an assorted cargo, was brought-to; the hold of the Alabama was filled up with stores, and the night illuminated by another burning ship. About this time Semmes crossed the equator, and ran up to the old toll-gate, where so many American vessels had been made to haul down their flags. He now felt that he was getting towards the end of his career. The latest captured newspapers had given him an insight into the desperate condition of the Southern Confeder
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
ar was over and the Government did not need the vessels, which were valuable ones. The following is a list of the losses experienced by the sinking of the vessels named above: Osage, 3 killed, 8 wounded; Rodolph, 4 killed, 11 wounded; Cincinnati's launch, 3 killed; Althea, 2 killed, 2 wounded; Sciota, 4 killed, 6 wounded; Ida, 2 killed, 3 wounded. Though the war may be said to have virtually ended by the surrender of General Lee, on April 9th, 1865, and of General Joe Johnston, on April 27th, and naval and military operations against the Confederates may be said to have ceased, yet up to the last moment the Texans were apparently as active as ever in their domain, and for a short time it looked as if they were going to fight it out on that line, if it took all summer. One of their last acts was an attempt to run the blockade with the ram Webb, which had made herself so famous in sinking the Indianola. The Webb was remarkably fast and a good sea-going vessel. She was loade