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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 5: capture of the works at Hatteras Inlet by Flag officer Stringham.--destruction of the privateer Judah. (search)
Stringham was fitted out. It consisted of the Minnesota, Captain Van Brunt, Wabash, Captain Mercer, Monticello, Commander J. P. Gillis, Susquehanna, Captain Chauncey, Pawnee, Commander Rowan, Cumberland, Captain Marston, and the Revenue Steamer Harriet Lane, Captain Faunce. Three transports accompanied the squadron The Adelaide, Commander Stellwagen, George Peabody, Lieut.-Commanding Lowry, and the Fanny, Lieut.-Commanding Crosby. They carried about 900 troops under command of Major-General B. F. Butler. On the 27th of August, 1861, the day after leaving Hampton Roads, the squadron The sounds of North Carolina. anchored off Hatteras Island, on the extreme southwestern point of which were Forts Hatteras and Clark, separated by a shallow bay, half a mile wide. Of these works Fort Hatteras was the larger, and together they mounted twenty-five guns. In those days of wooden ships one gun mounted on shore was considered equal to five on shipboard, but even this allowance made t
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)
In a communication made to Commander Porter, Mitchell at once removed the responsibility for the act from all but three or four officers. The prisoners were sent up river to Flag-officer Farragut for his disposition, but though afterward sent to the North, and held in confinement for some time, nothing was done to the guilty actors, and the matter finally dropped. After all the defenses were in Union hands Commander Porter dispatched a steamer to the bar, and brought up a vessel of General Butler's expedition, having on board General Phelps with a number of infantry, to whom the forts were turned over. The total loss in the fleet during these engagements was 35 killed, and 128 wounded. The chief sufferers were the Pensacola, 37; Brooklyn, 35; and the Iroquois, 28. The rising sun, the morning after the fight, shone on smiling faces, even among the wounded. Farragut received the congratulations of his officers, as he had conducted the great fight, with imperturbility. He wa
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
New Orleans, leaving two gun-boats to aid General Butler in landing at the quarantine, and sent himvessels. I also sent a despatch by him to General Butler, informing him that the way was clear for ing shells at and into Fort Jackson, while General Butler, with a division of his army, in transportyed by Captain S. Philip Lee. On the 28th General Butler landed above Fort St. Philip, under the guls of his flotilla. As I left the river General Butler had garrisoned Forts Jackson and St. Philing to the Varuna, with your despatches for General Butler, returning with him yesterday afternoon. ght draught, I sent him to co-operate with General Butler in landing troops outside, which duty he pter the action of that morning, I received General Butler and staff on board, and proceeded to Pilothe derangement of our engine. At 5 P. M., General Butler arrived in the Saxon and called on me in pm gun-boat, came on board to go with me to General Butler's ship; he had lost his vessel during the [13 more...]
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)
lace. On the night of the 5th, she returned with the information that the enemy had made a combined attack upon Baton Rouge by the ram and two gunboats, the Webb and Music, and calling for assistance. At daylight, the Hartford was under way for this place, with orders for the other vessels to follow me as fast as ready. I arrived here to-day at 12 M., in company with the Brooklyn, Westfield, Clifton, Jackson, and Sciota. I had sent the Cayuga up before me, agreeably to a request of General Butler, in consequence of some of the guerillas firing into some of his transports. On my arrival I was informed by Commodore W. D. Porter that yesterday morning at 2 o'clock the enemy's forces, under General Breckinridge, attacked General Williams, drove in his pickets, etc. General Williams, having had ample warning, we all prepared for him. The fight was continued with great energy on both sides until 10 A. M., by which time the enemy had been driven back two or three miles, but, unfortunat
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 23: destruction of the ram Arkansas.--capture of Galveston.--capture of the Harriet Lane.--sinking of the Hatteras.--attack on Baton Rouge.--Miscellaneous engagements of the gun-boats. (search)
rs. It would have been more to their credit to have accepted the situation without trying to delude the more ignorant part of the population with the idea that the Union fleet sought the destruction of their lives and property. The course taken by these municipal authorities led to very bad results and its evil influence was felt by the inhabitants all along the river. The same summons was given at Vicksburg, where the mayor in the first instance bade defiance to the Army and Navy under Butler and Farragut. The result of the negotiations with the authorities of Vicksburg is best told in the account of the attack by Farragut's squadron, where, owing to the long drawn out negotiations, all the energies of the Confederates had time to concentrate on the defences of the city, which in a month was rendered impregnable against a purely naval attack. Grand Gulf, at that moment a place of no importance, following in the footsteps of its illustrious neighbor Vicksburg, set to work to e
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)
anding operations without the assistance of the army, which it seems was not prepared for such a purpose. Several unimportant affairs occurred along the coast, but nothing of a very satisfactory nature. Maj.-Gen. Banks, who had relieved General Butler at New Orleans, wishing to commemorate his appointment by a signal victory over the enemy, proposed a combined expedition against Sabine Pass, which had been retaken and fortified by the enemy. The defences on shore, it was supposed, consistst the Federal troops, had been very annoying. The Federals had frequently to acknowledge that the Texas and Louisiana troops were more than a match for them; and if they had not been so strongly backed by the naval force, it is doubtful whether Butler or Banks could have held their positions for a month. After the fall of Vicksburg, Rear-Admiral Porter descended the Mississippi as far as New Orleans, where the command of the entire river and all its tributaries was turned over to him by Far
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. (search)
lantic squadron, was in co-operation with Major-General B. F. Butler, who commanded the army of the James with Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Benj. F. Butler, Major General Commanding. Rear-Admiral S. P. Squadron. This diplomatic communication of General Butler led to a long correspondence between Acting Rea obstructions in Trent's Reach, and on the 15th General Butler wrote to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, informing himlete, and were intended to be under the fire of General Butler's guns as well as those of the iron-clads. Te James River, the credit of which was given to General Butler. who simply approved the proposition when it wthat quarter was, of course, expected. Part of General Butler's command commenced the attack on the works covt of a Federal brigade. About the same time, General Butler sallied forth from his intrenchments to tear upnemy sent out an army corps from their capital, and Butler was defeated, after sending intelligence of a splen
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
by Confederate fleet and batteries. Manoeuvres of Generals Grant, Sherman and Butler, and of Confederate armies. speech of Jefferson Davis. General Grant on necess. communication of Secretary Welles on loss of Plymouth. General Peck to General Butler. casualties at Plymouth. attack on Newbern. Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee's ind of Sherman's arrival near the Southern coast. Although Grant had no faith in Butler's project to open the way to Richmond by Dutch Gap, he was willing that Butler Butler should amuse himself, and thereby be kept from interfering in more important matters. On the 2d of September Sherman entered Atlanta, Georgia, as a conqueror. Gts at other points. Major-General Peck, commanding at Newbern, writes to General Butler as follows: Headquarters, Army of The District of North Carolina, Newilled. Very respectfully, John J. Peck, Major-General Commanding. Major-General B. F. Butler, Commanding Department of Virginia and North Carolina. In reply t
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)
e he afterwards gave before the Committee on the Conduct of the War eradicated the impression that they were true. It was attempted to divert attention from Banks by trying to throw the responsibility on President Lincoln for giving permits to Butler and Casey; but those men derived little benefit from their license to trade — their cotton was taken from them, and they returned from the expedition wiser and poorer men. As long as Admiral Porter had been associated with Generals Grant and Ses at Grand Ecore. The second day after the arrival of the expedition, Lieutenant-Commander Phelps, of the Eastport, reported to the Admiral that these two barges, which would hold three or four hundred bales each, and another barge belonging to Butler and Casey, were being filled with cotton, under superintendence of an officer of General Banks' staff, the cotton being hauled to the bank by army wagons. Lieutenant-Commander Phelps was directed, as soon as the barges were loaded, to seize the
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
Massachusetts and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, no one has ever questioned his ability; yet, strange to say, Banks always preferred to be considered a soldier rather than a statesman. He never had sufficient military force to properly occupy the country under his immediate command, much less to make expeditions into hostile regions. The expedition up Red River toward Shreveport was the end of his military career. As Governor of Louisiana, Banks was not equal to Butler, who, with less savoir faire, had more decision of character and made a better record. In taking leave of General Banks and Red River, we will give him the benefit of the last word, and append to this narrative that portion of his report where he appears in melodramatic attitude towards the Admiral and the Navy--That Navy which he and the Army preserved, while it did nothing to help itself! While we acknowledge that General Banks and his army did all in their power to assist the fleet
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