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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 18: capture of forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the surrender of New Orleans. (search)
e Brooklyn was attacked by a large steamer at a distance of not more than fifty or sixty yards. A single broadside from the sloop's heavy battery, drove her out of action in flames. The Brooklyn received but seventeen hits in the hull, during the heavy fire to which she was subjected, but these did much execution, nine men being killed and twenty-six wounded. The fleet's success was virtually decided when the large ships had passed the forts, and the head of the third division under Captain Bell found but comparatively slight resistance to the passage of his leading vessel. the Sciota. Farragut's first intention, to place the heavy ships in the van, would probably have resulted in the immediate crushing of the enemy, and the rear of his line would have followed a beaten path. With the exception of the Itasca, Lieutenant Caldwell; the Winona, Lieutenant Nichols; and the Kennebec, Lieutenant Russell, the fleet succeeded in passing the forts The Itasca was much cut up, and
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
Orleans. Interesting reports of Flag-officer Farragut; captains Bailey, Bell, Morris, Craven; commanders Wainwright, Lee, Smith, Boggs, De camp, Alden, Nichoavorable, it gave us more trouble than on any former occasion. I sent up Commander Bell last evening to destroy the chain and raft across the river, but the curren as it was to be in the night, or at 2 o'clock A. M. I had previously sent Capt. Bell, with the petard man, with Lieut. Com. Crosby, in the Pinola, and Lieut. Com.at a great hazard to the vessel, for the particulars of which I refer you to Captain Bell's report (marked A). Upon the night preceding the attack, however, I despatconjunction with the second division of ships, and the Hartford, the left; Fleet Captain Bell leading the second division of gunboats in the Sciota; Lieut. Com. Donaldof guerrilla warfare; they were fighting in all directions. Captains Bailey and Bell, who were in command of the first and second divisions of gun-boats, were as act
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
, you kindly consented to my doing; and on giving the gallant Harrison the opportunity he sought, the Oneida, Commander Lee, was assigned a position further astern. After the chain and booms, constituting the enemy's obstructions, were cut by Captain Bell and Lieutenant Caldwell, it became apparent that if the fleet went up in two columns abreast, according to your written order and programme of the 20th of April, the parallel columns of vessels would likely get foul of the obstructions on eitheafter as it took the Pensacola (the next vessel astern of the Cayuga), to purchase her anchors — supposed to be about twenty minutes. You followed without lapping the sternmost vessel of my division, and the division of gun-boats commanded by Captain Bell followed in the wake of your division. The fact practically was that the first division, the mortar fleet, covered the advance, the second was the vanguard, the third the main body of the fleet, and the fourth the rear, and that the advance b
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)
down in the rear. The city is sacrificed by the soldiers; it has been abandoned by the inhabitants. The ditch across the peninsula will soon be deep enough for the water to run through, unless the river should fall very fast. We are now in hopes of a little rise, a foot or so will accomplish the object. I have the gun-boats looking to the bluffs below, and giving convoy to our supply vessels. I hear nothing of the Cayuga or Kearsarge. I hope the department will not supersede Commander Bell in the command of the Brooklyn, for you may depend upon it the Navy has not a braver man or better officer. * * * * * * * I hear by a deserter to General Williams that General Breckinridge is in command at Vicksburg, and they are seizing every one for the army. Very respectfully, your obd't serv't. D. G. Farragut, Flag-officer. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy, Washington. United States Military Telegraph, Memphis, July 3, 1862. The scattered and weakened condition
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 31: operations of Farragut's vessels on the coast of Texas, etc. (search)
he 8th of September, 1863, twenty-eight hours after the expedition had appeared off the Sabine. A reconnaissance had been made in the morning by Generals Franklin and Weitzel and Lieutenant Crocker. when they decided on a plan of attack. Commodore Bell had sent two good pilots down in the Granite City. At 3 P. M. the transports were over the bar, the Granite City leading them in, for the purpose of covering the landing of the troops The Clifton, Sachem and Arizona engaged a battery of sections to co-operate with the military commander at that place, and perform all the duties which would have devolved upon the Flag-officer had he been present in person. Some of the expeditions fitted out by Commodore Morris, and later by Commodore Bell, properly belong to this history, as showing the numerous duties performed by the Navy, and also that, notwithstanding Farragut was not at New Orleans himself to conduct matters, his orders were carried out, and there was the heartiest co-ope