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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
ly inviting attacks from the enemy, which would tend to divert the attention of the Army from its main object — the capture of Richmond. It was evidently General Grant's design to avoid any great military movement until he heard of Sherman's arrival near the Southern coast. Although Grant had no faith in Butler's project to open the way to Richmond by Dutch Gap, he was willing that Butler should amuse himself, and thereby be kept from interfering in more important matters. On the 2d of September Sherman entered Atlanta, Georgia, as a conqueror. General Lee had made such a persistent defence against all the attacks on his lines, and had succeeded so well in keeping the railroads south of Richmond open, that Grant saw that to push him too heavily at this time would result in great loss to the Federal Army, while Lee would be ultimately forced to evacuate Richmond. Up to the 17th of July, General J. E. Johnston had severely hampered Sherman in his advance through the South;
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)
Enemy Dist'nce Yards. Object. Remarks. July 18. New Ironsides. 805 4 1,400 Wagner   July 20. New Ironsides. 168 13 1,300 Wagner.   Aug. 23. New Ironsides. 90 4   Wagner. Ship was underway — distance varied from 1,100 to 1,300 yards. Sept. 2. New Ironsides. 41   1,000 Gregg. Hits from Gregg and Moultrie. Ship at anchor. Sept. 2. New Ironsides. 9   1,500 Sumter.   Sept. 5. New Ironsides. 488   1,300 Wagner.   Sept. 5. New Ironsides. 32 1 1,800 Gregg. Hit from Gregg. OSept. 2. New Ironsides. 9   1,500 Sumter.   Sept. 5. New Ironsides. 488   1,300 Wagner.   Sept. 5. New Ironsides. 32 1 1,800 Gregg. Hit from Gregg. On July 29th, the Passaic engaged Wagner, and on August 31st Moultrie. On September 8th, the Passaic (in a disabled condition), Patapsco, Weehawken, and Nahant engaged Moultrie. This was scant justice to an officer who had so well maintained the reputation of the Navy at Charleston, under the hottest fire; but, no doubt, he obtained full credit from his comrades in arms, who, after all, are the ones who appreciate a brother officer's services on such occasions. One of the points i