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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
make Farragut satisfied with his condition was the arrival of the Tecumseh, and this took place on the 4th of August. He now determined to make his attack as soon as possible. As soon as General Canby had arrived in New Orleans with the troops which General Banks left crossing the Atchafalaya River, Farragut communicated with him and requested that two or three thousand troops be sent to co-operate with him in an attack on Mobile. These troops were promised without hesitation on the 8th of July, in an interview held on board the Hartford, between the Admiral and Generals Canby and Granger; but circumstances soon obliged General Canby to say that he could only spare troops enough to invest one fort. Farragut then suggested that it should be Fort Gaines, and engaged at the same time to have a naval force in the Sounds ready to protect the landing of the Army on Dauphine Island, in the rear of the fort. Lieutenant-Commander J. C. P. De Krafft, in the Conemaugh, was assigned to
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
her quarters. The fact is, every passage to that sea ought to have been guarded as soon as it was known the Sumter had escaped, and she should have been followed up until captured or driven from the ocean. Commander Semmes having appointed a prize-agent to take charge of his prizes until they could be taken to a Southern port for adjudication before a Court of Admiralty, and obtained a supply of coal and provisions from his neutral friends at Cienfuegos, departed from that port on the 8th of July with the intention of proceeding via Barbadoes to Cape St. Roque, in the great line of travel for vessels bound from the East Indies to the United States or Europe. Owing to the strength of the trade-winds his coal ran short. and lie made sail for the Dutch island of Curacoa, and on the 16th the Sumter entered the port of St. Anne — the capital town of this little colony. The American consul did all he could to persuade the Governor that the Sumter was not a legitimate vessel-of-war, a