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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 31: operations of Farragut's vessels on the coast of Texas, etc. (search)
either of these generals had any idea of operating below Alexandria, which was their natural base; for the gun-boats might get up that far very easily, but would find it a difficult matter to proceed further, as was proved in the end. The expedition sent by Farragut was composed of the wooden gun-boats Albatross, Estrella, Lieutenant-Commander A. P. Cooke, and Arizona, Volunteer-Lieutenant-Commander D. P. Upton, all under Lieutenant-Commander John E. Hart. It arrived off Fort de Russy on May 3d, and found the enemy in the act of abandoning the works and removing their guns. Two steamers were engaged in this duty, and two others were moored to the bank alongside the earthworks, with their bows down stream. Lieutenant-Commander Hart at once attacked them with Lieutenant Commander (now Captain) Augustus P. Cooke, U. S. N. his broadside guns and a regular battle commenced, the Confederate steamers returning the fire promptly, and it was kept up on both sides until a dense smoke env
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
oud of smoke. The people of the South necessarily suffered much at the hands of Union soldiers, and it is hard to tell what men will not do in the heat of war, but it may be fairly said there was nothing during the civil conflict to equal the atrocity of the Alabama's doings. The day after the destruction of the Nye. the Dorcas Prince, of New York, loaded with coal, was encountered; but, as the Alabama's bunkers were already filled, the vessel was set on fire and destroyed. On the third of May the Clipper ship, Union Jack, fell into the Alabama's power and a prize crew was sent on board, as just afterwards,the Sea Lark, bound from New York to San Francisco, was sighted--two fine prizes in two hours. Three women and some children were taken from the last prize and conveyed on board the Alabama. Both ships were burned after their crews were removed. On the 11th of May the Alabama landed her prisoners at Bahia, and was ordered by the Brazilian authorities to leave the port in