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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)
with some army officers in Lake Mariposa, intending to examine the mouth of the Amite River. The pilot stated that there was always five feet of water there, but the vessel struck on a sunken snag and stuck fast. Everything possible was being done to relieve the vessel and get her off, when they were attacked by a force of concealed riflemen and a brisk engagement took place, in which the Barrataria used her guns and also musketry with good effect. There were on board the Barrataria Colonel Clarke, Captain Gordon, Lieutenant Ellis, and ten privates of the 6th Michigan Volunteers; the latter did good service with their rifles. The engagement lasted over half an hour, when the enemy ceased firing. Efforts were still made to get the Barrataria off, but without avail. The bow gun was spiked and thrown overboard and the water blown out of the boilers; the Barrataria still stuck fast. Fearing that the vessel might fall into the hands of the enemy, Acting Ensign Perkins got his c
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)
en miles in the rear, near Pleasant Hill, and, although they heard the roar of artillery, the first Smith's men knew of the disaster to the main army was from Colonel Clarke, who had ridden rapidly to inform them that the enemy had killed, wounded and captured over 2,000 Federal soldiers, had taken 150 wagons, all the stores, and es where they could be picked off by sharp-shooters ensconced in the thick woods. No wonder General Lee sent to Franklin for assistance, who answered through Colonel Clarke, of Banks' staff, that if he could not hold his position he must fall back upon the main body of the infantry. It would have been better, however, if Lee had back when he first encountered the enemy's advance, and sent the wagons to the rear, for a finer chance to have them captured could not have been offered. Colonel Clarke, finding that Franklin was indisposed to send any troops to support Lee, went to General Banks, who sent a verbal order to Franklin to send a brigade of infan
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
l proper requests granted. We think he had the highest respect of Franklin, Emory and A. J. Smith, which is a creditable proof of his capacity. We believe Colonel Clarke did everything in his power to supersede General Stone in General Banks' favor. Clarke, by his own account, was in the advance during the hardest of General Clarke, by his own account, was in the advance during the hardest of General Lee's fighting, having joined him with orders to press the fighting. From Lee he returned to General Banks at Pleasant Hill, and gave it as his opinion that Lee was in a dangerous position, at least eight miles from infantry support, in immediate presence of a superior force, and that he would be attacked by daylight. He thoughtotwithstanding Banks had expressed his surprise that the advance-guard had not been composed of infantry, cavalry and artillery. In all the evidence given by Colonel Clarke before the committee, it is evident he wishes to relieve Banks of any responsibility and throw the blame on others, as if the general commanding should not kn
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
ar St. Louis. Commander, George H. Preble; Lieutenant Wm. F. Stewart; Surgeon, A. L. Gihon ; Assistant-Surgeon, F. B. A. Lewis; Paymaster, J. S. Post; First-Lieutenant-of-Marines, W. J. Squires; Acting-Masters, J. N. Rowe, Geo. Cables and Allan Hoxie; Acting-Ensign, Hazard Marsh; Acting-Master's Mates, P. W. Fagan, F. L. Bryan and J. H. Langley: Acting-Boatswain. George Brown; Gunner, G. P. Cushman; Carpenter, Daniel Jones; Sailmaker, I. E. Crowell. Ship Onward. Acting-Masters, Wm. H. Clarke; T. G. Groove and William Collins; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, David Watson; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, J. S. Allen; Acting-Ensigns, G. J. Conklin and Win. Rogers; Acting-Master's Mates, F. A. Gording, A. F. Ulmer and J. S. Newbegin. Steamer Iroquois. Commander, C. R. P. Rodgers; Lieutenants, S. Dana Greene and A. H. McCormick; Acting-Master Thomas Hanrahan; Surgeon, J. Corbin; Assistant-Paymaster, J. A. Bates, Jr.; Ensigns, Henry C. Taylor, Allan D. Brown and W. K. Wheeler; Acting-