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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
f as follows: During this time, Jefferson Davis made a speech at Macon, Georgia, which was reported in the papers of the South, and soon became known to the whole country, disclosing the plans of the enemy and enabling General Sherman to fully meet them. Mr. Davis exhibited the weakness of supposing that an army that had been beaten and decimated in a vain attempt at the defensive, could successfully undertake the offensive against an army that had so often defeated it. On the 24th of September, Hood commenced his new movement to endeavor to reach Sherman's rear and cut off his communications, apparently oblivious of the fact that the Union Army could live on the country, and would be relieved from a vast deal of trouble in keeping open communications. Ascertaining that Hood had crossed the Chattahoochie River on the 29th and 30th of September, General Sherman followed him; but finding that Hood was bound for Nashville, he abandoned the pursuit and returned to Atlanta, where
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
in each one. That is all the communication the Powhatan had with Maranham, except that a Brazilian gentleman came on board and strongly protested against the Governor's acts; but he could effect nothing, as he was. on the wrong side in politics. As soon as the Powhatan had coaled she departed in pursuit of the Sumter, the commanding officer declining the services of a pilot for fear the good ship's bones might be left on some ugly reef. The Sumter reached the calm belt on the 24th of September. The next day a sail was sighted; the Sumter pursued under steam showing the American flag. The stranger, thinking this a United States gun-boat, ran up the Stars and Stripes. The vessel proved to be the Joseph Parke, of Boston; a prize-crew was put on board and she was sent to the westward to act as a decoy to other vessels, and to report, by signal, all sails that hove in sight. A few days afterwards, as nothing appeared, the Parke was set on fire and destroyed, after removing al