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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 3 3 Browse Search
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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
occasion. Unsolicited, the Admiral wrote in Kilby Smith's favor as handsome a letter as he could, and does not wish now to detract anything from the credit justly due that officer. He must leave it to him and to Captain Selfridge to settle between them the facts of the case The Admiral having conferred with the latter officer recently, and shown him the report of General Smith, of which he has never before seen or heard, the annexed letter will speak for itself: Newport, R. I., June 2d, 1880. Admiral D. D. Porter, Washington, D. C. Dear Sir: Fifteen years have elapsed since the fatal repulse of a portion of the rebel trans-Mississippi forces under their General Green, by the gun-boats Osage and Lexington of your fleet, and for the first time I have learned of the report of General Kilby Smith, before the Committee upon the conduct of the war, in which he claims for the transports under his command the principal merit of the victory. The fight took place at what was kno