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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
ether was broken, and the commerce of the nation went rejoicing on its way to the great ocean, once more to barter with the people of the outside world. That 4th of July was a happy day to all those who had joined in the herculean efforts to bring about the desired end. At a certain hour the American flag was to be hoisted on thy 4, 1863. Dear Admiral — No event in my life could have given me more personal pride or pleasure than to have met you to-day on the wharf at Vicksburg — a Fourth of July so eloquent in events as to need no words or stimulants to elevate its importance. I can appreciate the intense satisfaction you must feel at lying before -Volunteer-Lieutenant J. Goudy, commanding Queen City. There are others who deserve commendation, but these seem to be the most prominent. The action of the 4th of July, at Helena, wherein the Taylor participated so largely, has already been reported to the Department. There is no doubt left in the minds of any, but that the
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
elve to fourteen thousand troops, to oppose which the Union commander had about three thousand five hundred men. Prentiss made the best disposition possible of his small force, determined to hold the works as long as he could. This was on the 4th of July, the very day of the surrender of Vicksburg. Prichett had hardly got into the position he deemed most desirable to render the fire of the gun-boats effective, when the enemy appeared in sight and attacked the centre defences in overwhelmingservices have received a proper reward. Prichett never received any reward save an eloquent letter from Mr. Secretary Welles, which that gentleman knew so well how to indite, but he had the satisfaction of not having dimmed the lustre of that 4th of July made so glorious by the capture of Vicksburg and the victory of Gettysburg. On the 9th of August the Mound City, Lieutenant-Commander Byron Wilson, while at Lake Providence, gave the enemy a severe lesson. Captain John McNeil, C. S. A., no
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
erty more than the false memorial of it under which they had once served, and who were capable, when it became Hate's polluted rag, of tearing it down. Yet who can doubt that Commander Semmes, in case the Confederate Navy officers had been reinstated in the Federal service, would have been among the first to resume his station under that polluted rag, again to forswear his allegiance, if it suited his convenience so to do. The day following the destruction of the Golden Rocket was the 4th of July, an anniversary which had ever been venerated by all true Americans; but it was not celebrated on board the Sumter, because associated so intimately with the old flag, which, in the opinion of Commander Semmes and his followers, had all at once become a sham and a deceit. It was also, in the opinion of these persons connected with the wholesale robberies which had been committed on Southern property, and with the vilification and abuse which had been heaped upon their persons by their la
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
of the Crown, who gave the opinion that, if the allegations were true, the building and equipment of the vessel were a Manifest violation of the Foreign Enlistment Act, and steps ought to be taken to put that act in force and to prevent the vessel from going to sea. It was added that the Customs authorities at Liverpool should endeavor to ascertain the truth of the statements, and that, if sufficient evidence could be obtained, proceedings should be taken as early as possible. On the 4th of July, the report of the Customs officers was transmitted to Mr. Adams, tending to show that there was no sufficient evidence that a violation of the act was contemplated. Other correspondence and opinions followed. On the 21st, affidavits were delivered to the authorities at Liverpool, one of which, made by a seaman who had been shipped on board the vessel, declared that Butcher, the captain of the Alabama, who engaged him, had stated that she was going out to fight for the Confederate Sta