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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)
es. I am now about to raise the flag of the United States upon the customhouse, and you will see that it is respected with all the civil power of the city. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Flag-officer, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. His Honor The Mayor of the City of New Orleans. United States Flag-Ship Hartford, At Anchor Off The City of New Orleans, April 30, 1862. Gentlemen — I informed you, in my communication of the 28th of April, that your determination, as I understood it, was not to haul down the flag of Louisiana on the city hall, and that my officers and men were treated with insult and rudeness when they landed, even with a flag of truce, to communicate with the authorities, etc., and if such was to be the determined course of the people, the fire of the vessel might at any moment be drawn upon the city. This you have thought proper to construe into a determination on my part to murder your women and child
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
tween the army and the Mississippi; but for this Banks was not to blame. He had assigned General McClernand, with the whole of his army corps, to guard the main road three miles in the rear of Alexandria, with the understanding that no enemy was to be allowed to pass, under any circumstances; but General McClernand had joined the Army under a cloud, was in a very unamiable mood, and did not seem to care whether the Army and Navy got out of their difficulties or not. The enemy, on the 28th of April, attacked McClernand's position with 6,000 men, taking him completely by surprise, and creating a temporary panic in his camp. During the confusion they set fire to the forage and clothing, and passed down the road with some twenty pieces of artillery, hidden by the smoke, which was their object in making the attack. At this time the Admiral was at General A. J. Smith's camp, about two miles from that of McClernand. Smith immediately ordered his men under arms, and they rode togethe