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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
e. All the Federal stores and munitions of war were transferred from Young's Point and Milliken's Bend to Vicksburg, and the Confederates could no longer hope to replenish their stock by raids on these points. General Price therefore determined to change his base and carry on operations elsewhere. He was an active, enterprising officer, and had under his command some twelve or fourteen thousand men who were inured to hardships and capable of long and rapid marches. In the latter part of June, Admiral Porter received information from deserters that General Price was moving with a large force from Arkansas towards the Mississippi, intending to unite with other troops near Vicksburg to operate along the river. The Admiral immediately made arrangements to meet this force by sending gun-boats to such points as it would be most likely to attack. The Taylor, Lieutenant-Commander Prichett, Bragg, Lieutenant-Commander Bishop, and the Hastings, were sent to Helena, where Major-General B.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. (search)
tler was defeated, after sending intelligence of a splendid victory which he had won! The result of these attempts on Petersburg, which had caused great losses to the Federal Army, convinced General Grant that his best course was to envelop the town with his forces, without attacking the outworks. Attempts were made to destroy all the railroads leading to Richmond, but the enemy was so strongly posted that these efforts were generally of no benefit to the Union cause. Thus the month of June closed with no immediate results favorable to the Federals, except that the Army was transported to the south of Richmond, and was in communication with the Navy; while the Confederates continued to strengthen daily the fortifications of Richmond and Petersburg. In fact, General Grant had encountered obstacles far greater than he had anticipated. A large portion of the naval forces on the James naturally assembled at City Point, where General Grant had established his headquarters, while
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
rant will not as yet justify me in embarking for Red River, though I am very anxious to operate in that direction. The moment I learned you were preparing for it, I sent a communication to Admiral Porter and dispatches to General Grant, at Chattanooga, asking him if he wanted me and Steele to co-operate with you against Shreveport, and I will have his answer in time, for you cannot do anything until Red River has twelve feet of water on the rapids at Alexandria. That will be from March till June; I have lived on Red River and know somewhat of the phases of that stream. Yet, notwithstanding Sherman's warning him that the rise will not take place before March or perhaps June, and the Admiral's repeated asseverations to that effect. Banks pushes on the expedition in April, when the river was falling four inches per day. The following is an extract of a letter from General Halleck to General Banks, dated February 2, 1864: I enclose a copy of a communication from Admiral Porte
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)
ederate surgeons, Assistant-Surgeon Pierson afterwards received better treatment, was finally released through the same influence, and found himself under the old flag again, without any conditions. We dislike, and have always avoided as much as possible referring to cruelties practiced by the Confederates in retaliation for supposed injuries received by Southern prisoners — or for the purpose of preventing Federal batteries firing on besieged places. But the following letter, received in June from the Confederate commander at Charleston, must have shocked the sense of humanity and propriety which every gallant officer must feel at having to carry out such an order. It plainly showed what straits the Confederates were in when they could resort to such a measure to prevent besiegers from firing on a city which was a fair object of attack according to the strictest rules of war, and when, if the besieged non-combatants were in any danger, it was the duty of the military authorities
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
, not satisfied with destroying peaceable merchantmen, he longed for higher distinction, for Read had in him the stuff to make a gallant naval commander. The career of the Archer was short. The news of a privateer on the coast of New England was spread far and wide. Several gun-boats were cruising up and down the coast in search ot Maffitt, who was reported off Nova Scotia; but their commanders do not seem to have been aware of Read and his peculiar performances. In the latter part of June, two days after the Archer had been commissioned as a cruiser, Read determined to cut out the revenue-cutter Caleb Cushing, from the harbor of Portland, Maine. In this design he was successful; the vessel was surprised by the boats of the Archer and carried by boarding. The people on shore hastily manned and armed several steamers, and followed the Caleb Cushing to sea. As Read saw that he must be overtaken, and that he could make no successful resistance. he set fire to the Cushing and at