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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., chapter 14.55 (search)
been started not covered at all by those authorities, of which I have made notes. Previous to our civil war no higher rank was known in the American navy than that of captain, although the law accorded the title of flag-officer, with additional pay, to captains in command of recognized naval stations. The engagement at Port Royal, the taking of New Orleans, and other successful operations of our navy doubtless led to the creation of the higher grades of commodore and rear-admiral, July 16th, 1862, on which date Flag-Officer Du Pont became a rear-admiral, ranking second on the list. Eminently adapted to command, he knew well how to secure the best services of his subordinates. Intelligent, cheerful in manner, of tall and commanding mien, he naturally invited and obtained the confidence of those who were fortunate enough to serve under his orders. During the past half century the navy of the United States has not had an officer of more distinguished appearance, or endowed wi
Doc. 95.-the escape of Lee's army. L. L. Crounse's account. Frederick, Thursday, July 16, 1862. The campaign north of the Potomac is ended. The enemy has made an inglorious and hazardous escape across a river which we had fondly hoped was the great barrier to his retreat. The particulars of the retreat you have had in full. There remains, however, a brief history of the movements of both armies for the past ten days yet untold. The material portions of it I will give, as nearly as possible, and the public may draw its own conclusions. My role is fact, not comment. The rebel army under General Lee, repulsed with sanguinary loss, but not. literally defeated, began its retirement from the field of Gettysburgh on Friday night, July third. His left wing, which had fiercely assailed our right on that day, and had, in addition, occupied the village of Gettysburgh, was found to be withdrawn early on Saturday morning, when our forces, under General Howard, advanced and o
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
y efforts the slaves might make for their actual freedom. He also declared that any State in which rebellion had existed that should have in Congress at that time Jan. 1, 1863. representatives chosen in good faith, at a legal election, by the qualified voters of such State, should have the benefit of such conclusive evidence of its loyalty, and be exempted from the operations of the threatened proclamation. He called their attention to the acts of Congress approved March 13, 1862, and July 16, 1862, bearing upon the subject, as his warrant for the warning. It seemed as if this preliminary proclamation would indeed be as inoperative as the Pope's bull against the Comet. It was made instrumental in firing the Southern heart and intensifying the rebellious feeling, for it was pointed to by the conspirators, and their followers and friends in all parts of the Republic, as positive evidence that the war was waged, not for the restoration of the Union, but for the destruction of slav
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
of the Navy, Washington, D. C. Flag-Ship Hartford, below Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — I respectfully report the following list of killed and wounded inckading Squadron. United States Steam-Sloop Oneida, below Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — I make the following report of the action with the batteries and of the Navy, Washington, D. C. Flag Ship Hartford, below Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — The following officers and crew of this ship were killed and wounstern Gulf Squadron. United States Steamer Richmond, Near Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — I have the honor herewith to enclose the surgeon's report of casuBlockading Squadron. United States Gun-Boat Sciota, Below Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — I have the honor to report that, in obedience to general signal, Blockading Squadron. United States Gun-Boat Winona, Below Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — I have the honor to report that this vessel got under way la
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 34: (search)
flanks of the Army, ready to aid it in every way, until the river became so narrow and crooked that they could go no farther, and in returning had to drop stern foremost. General Franklin's object in advancing on West Point was to cut off the retreat of the Confederates from Yorktown. But he encountered a much larger force than he had expected, and but for the gun-boats would have been roughly handled. Acting-Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee assumed command of the North Atlantic squadron on July 16, 1862, taking the place of Flagofficer Goldsborough, who was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, and relieved at his own request. Though the services of the latter officer had not been brilliant, yet his duties had been well performed and his record is that of a faithful, zealous officer, who, if he had been employed in a wider field of operations, would no doubt have made his name more conspicuous. The President considered that his services in the sounds of North Carolina entitled him to
om any persons to whom such service or labor is claimed to be due; and any officer who shall be found guilty by a court-martial of violating this article shall be dismissed from the service. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect from and after its passage. Also, to the ninth and tenth sections of an act entitled An Act to Suppress Insurrection, to Punish Treason and Rebellion, to Seize and Confiscate Property of Rebels, and for other Purposes, approved July 16, 1862; and which sections are in the words and figures following: Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That all slaves of persons who shall hereafter be engaged in rebellion against the Government of the United States, or who shall in any way give aid or comfort thereto, escaping from such persons and taking refuge within the lines of the army; and all slaves captured from such persons, or deserted by them and coming under the control of the Government of the United States; and all slaves of
General grant received the following communication from a rebel. The letter was written on three leaves out of a memorandum book, about four by three inches in size: Sinatobia, July 16, 1862. U. S. Grant: sir: We have seen your infamous and fiendish proclamation. It is characteristic of your infernal policy. We had hoped that this war would be conducted upon principles recognized by civilized nations. But you have seen fit to ignore all the rules of civilized warfare, and resort to means which ought to and would make half-civilized nations blush. If you attempt to carry out your threat against the property of citizens, we will make you rue the day you issued your dastardly proclamation. If we can't act upon the principle of lex talionis in regard to private property, we will visit summary vengeance upon your men. You call us guerrillas, which you know is false. We are recognized by our government, and it was us who attacked your wagon-train at Morning Sun. We have tw
ng. Report of Brigadier-General Pender. Richmond, Va., July 16, 1862. General: I have the honor to report that, as a part of the ier-General Wise. Headquarters of brigade, Chaffin's farm, July 16, 1862. To Archer Anderson, A. A. G.: Major: In compliance with the Report of Adjutant Pearce. headquarters Chaffin's farm, July 16, 1862. To Brigadier-General Henry A. Wise: General: I have the honrters brigade, Department North Carolina, camp near Petersburg, July 16, 1862. Major A. Anderson, Assistant Adjutant-General, Department Nort Major: In obedience to instructions just received, dated July sixteenth, 1862, I have the honor to make the following report of the operat. headquarters Fourth brigade, Department N. C., camp Lee, July 16, 1862. Major Archer Anderson, A. A. General: Major: I have the honove was the following indorsement: Headquarters division, July 16, 1862. Respectfully forwarded. I fully concur in the commendation
the bill, and agree to the same ; and the report was accepted. In the House, on the sixteenth, Mr. Wilson, of Iowa, made a report from the conference committee, and it was agreed to, and the bill was approved by the President, on the sixteenth day of July, 1862. No. Xxxvi.--The Joint Resolution to authorize the Secretary of War to furnish extra Clothing to Sick and Wounded Soldiers. In the House, on the fifth of July, 1862, Mr. Hale, of Pennsylvania, by unanimous consent, introduced a bof Mr. Wickliffe, its further consideration was postponed to the sixteenth, and on that day it was taken up, debated, amended, and passed. The Senate, on the seventeenth, referred the bill to the Committee on Military Affairs. On the sixteenth of July, 1862, Mr. Wilson reported it back with an amendment. The Senate, on motion of Mr. Davis, proceeded to its consideration. It proposed to empower the Military Board of Kentucky to raise, and organize into regiments, a volunteer force not excee
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), The blockade (search)
ch representation, it would have been necessary for the Federal Government to have established a fresh blockade in accordance with the laws of nations. However, to put it briefly, although this intrepid exploit came as a thunderclap to the North, the great Federal armada had Commodore Gershom J. Van Brunt, U. S. N. The gallant commander of the Minnesota. He and his ship were early in the thick of things and served under Rear-Admiral Goldsborough at Hatteras Inlet. Made commodore July 16, 1862, Van Brunt was actively engaged in blockade duty during the rest of the war. Rear-Admiral James L. Lardner, U. S. N. In command of the steam frigate Susquehanna, he formed an active part of Admiral Du Pont's circle of fire at Port Royal, November 7, 1861. In 1862-3 he was in command of the East Gulf blockading squadron and in 1864 of the West Indian squadron. Rear-Admiral Charles Wilkes, U. S. N. A nephew of the celebrated John Wilkes of London, this officer in 1838-42 led t
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