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ving particularly fixed General Lee's attention—the most threatened points—when he (December, 1861) assumed command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (namely, the Stono, the Edisto, the Combahee, Coosawhatchie, the sites opposite Hilton Head, on the Broad, on the Salkahatchie, etc.) were not, after all, the points actually attacked by the united land and naval forces of the enemy—were not the sites of the impenetrable barrier against which the combined efforts of Admiral Dahlgren and General Gillmore were fruitlessly made. The real barrier that stopped them, and through which they could never break, consisted in the magnificent works on James, Sullivan's, and Morris Islands, and in different parts of the Charleston Harbor, and in the city proper—all due to the engineering capacity of General Beauregard, who conceived and executed them. Unreflecting friends are worse at times than avowed enemies. They often belittle instead of elevating the object of their
States Navy. Their armament, including that of the New Ironsides, consisted of thirtythree guns of the heaviest calibre ever used in war, to wit, 15 and 11 inch Dahlgren guns, and 8-inch rifled pieces. The steam-ers Canandaigua, Housatonic, Unadilla, Wissahickon, and Huron constituted the reserve, and were kept outside the bar. Lieutenant H. R. Lesesne commanded, with a detachment of the 1st South Carolina Artillery (Regulars). The guns engaged were one 10-inch columbiad and one 8-inch Dahlgren—two guns. Thus, it will appear that sixty-seven guns were actually used in the engagement, and not more than nine mortars, making an aggregate of seventy-six,ree hundred guns mounted in all the defences of Charleston, and the guns of the second and third circles of fire were not engaged. So states an ex-member of Admiral Dahlgren's staff in a work, well written and, as a whole, remarkably fair, entitled Leaves from a Lawyer's Life, Afloat and Ashore. Charles Cowley, late Judge-Adv
that occasion—one hundred and seventeen—made petition to the Commanding General for clothing, blankets, and shoes. Their application was sent, under flag of truce, See, in Appendix, extract from Major Elliott's journal at Fort Sumter. to Admiral Dahlgren, with a message informing him and likewise General Gillmore (for some few of the latter's troops were also held as prisoners) that General Beauregard would gladly distribute to all of them any supplies that might be forwarded from the enemy's lines. Admiral Dahlgren took advantage at once of the privilege thus afforded him to help his men; but not so with General Gillmore, who abstained from even acknowledging the courtesy extended to him. 2. The other incident referred to is explained by the following letter of General Beauregard to Colonel Branch, dated Charleston, July 18th, 1863: Colonel,—I have to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 16th inst., proposing that the portion of Morris Island now occupi<
ed and removed one 10-inch gun and one 9-inch Dahlgren. He has also removed from the berme of the fnticipation of a renewed naval attempt by Admiral Dahlgren to remove the obstructions in the Main Ch signal despatch from General Gillmore to Admiral Dahlgren, which ran thus: Morris Island, Se of the evacuation of Morris Island —that Admiral Dahlgren would soon attempt some movement of his oely received this significant reply: Tell Admiral Dahlgren to come and take it. General Hagood's , pp. 338, 339, signal despatches between Admiral Dahlgren and General Gillmore. But there was, evidficer to be sent with the land forces—and Admiral Dahlgren would not consent to let the commander betch of September 8th to General Gillmore, Admiral Dahlgren spoke of his assaulting party as being coLawyer's Life, Afloat and Ashore, p. 108, Admiral Dahlgren alludes to the same party as being a finet the 500 or 450 picked men alluded to by Admiral Dahlgren would have fallen into our hands. But th[4 more...]<
om Mr. Charles Cowley's book, from which we have already had occasion to quote some passages: On the night of November 19th, 1863, General Gillmore made an attempt to surprise and capture Fort Sumter. He asked no aid from the navy; but Admiral Dahlgren, hearing of it, and anxiously desiring its success, ordered his pickets to cover the assaulting party. * * * The thoughtful care of the Admiral for the army column on this occasion shines, by contrast, with the failure of Gillmore to supportim ashore; but, after remaining in the water about one hour, he was picked up by the boat of a Federal transport schooner, whence he was transferred to the guardship Ottawa, lying outside of the rest of the fleet. He was ordered at first by Admiral Dahlgren to be ironed, and, in case of resistance, to be double ironed; but, through the intercession of his friend, Captain W. D. Whiting, commanding the Ottawa, he was released on giving his parole not to attempt to escape from the ship. The firem
ibre ever used in war, to wit: 15 and 11 inch Dahlgren guns, and 8-inch rifle-pieces. The Weehawkenoff Morris Island. Her armament, two 11-inch Dahlgren guns, two United States flags, two pennants, S. N. The more material trophies, two 11-inch Dahlgren pieces, now in battery, were recovered, underwest face, two 10-inch columbiads, one 9-inch Dahlgren, one 8-inch columbiad, and two 42-pounders wetside, 14 inside, and 24 missed. One 11-inch Dahlgren, east face, the only gun serviceable. Fire oocks, one box bridge-sights, six boxes 9-inch Dahlgren shell, one 9-inch Dahlgren gun, one lot axlesDahlgren gun, one lot axles, v heels, etc., for columbiad carriage, one lot of elevating-screws, were shipped at 4.30 A. M. by steamer Etiwan. The 9-inch Dahlgren mentioned above and 10-inch columbiad on northwest pan-coupe ving one gun in barbette serviceable; 11-inch Dahlgren gun on parapet badly shattered; traverse badler such attempt as that which was made by Admiral Dahlgren oh the 26th inst. (Wednesday night) to pa[2 more...]