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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 24: Second attack on Vicksburg, etc. (search)
n and money, resulted in the capture of the strongest point of defence occupied by the enemy during the war. The expedition from Memphis got away early in December, 1862, Commander Walke, in the Carondelet, being sent ahead with the Cairo, Baron DeKalb, and Pittsburg. (iron-clads,) and the Signal and Marmora ( tin-clads ) to clear the Yazoo River of torpedoes and cover the landing of Sherman's Army when it should arrive. This arduous and perilous service was well performed. On the 11th of December, Commander Walke dispatched the two tin-clads on a reconnoisance up the Yazoo. They ascended some twenty miles, when they were apprized of the presence of torpedoes by a great number of small boats along the channel of the river and an explosion near the Signal. Another torpedo was exploded from the Marmora by firing into it with a musket as it appeared just below the surface. The commanding Lieut.-Commander T. O. Selfridge, (now Captain U. S. Navy.) officers of these two vessels r
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
il the final surrender. These movements had changed the whole state of affairs in North Carolina. The Confederate troops along the various rivers, including the Roanoke, had either joined General Johnston or had moved off to Richmond, and Admiral Porter, taking advantage of the situation, had directed Commander Macomb to advance up the Roanoke with a naval force, destroy or capture all the enemy's depots of stores, and also an iron-floating battery said to be on the river. On the 11th of December. 1864, Commander Macomb, in connection with a military force, proceeded up the Roanoke in the double-ender Wyalusing, accompanied by the Otsego and Valley City the tugs Belle and Bazley, and a steam packet boat. Proceeding slowly up the stream the vessels prepared to anchor for the night at a sharp bend in the river just below Jamesville, where the commanding officer of the Army forces had agreed to communicate with the naval commander. In obedience to signal, the Otsego had slowed he