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ccessful exploits of this war was performed by four men on Saturday night, May first, on Rock Creek, in Wayne County. Benjamin Burke, a citizen, Hudson Burke, a discharged soldier, James Burke, of Wolford's cavalry, and another citizen, named James Davis, having received intimation of a band of twenty-eight men, under command of Captain Evans, of the famous band of rebel robbers that infest Wayne and Clinton counties, of this State, known as Champ Fergurson's men, having stopped at the house o capture. Four men against twenty-eight fiends, who had revelled in the blood of innocent neighbors for a year — think of it! It seemed like madness, yet the attempt was made. Coming to a sentinel, who stood watch over their thirty-one horses, Davis ordered him to surrender his gun, which the coward did, and received in return a blow from it which knocked his brains out. The way was now clear to the house, where the remainder of the party were asleep. Surrounding the dwelling, they at once
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
, M. W. Sanders and E. M. Shepard; Boatswain, Jos. Shankland; Gunner, William Wilson; Sailmaker, Nicholas Lynch; Second Lieut. Marines, J. H. Higbee. Sloop-of-war Preble. Commander, Henry French; Lieut., William E. Hopkins; Surgeon, Stewart Kennedy; Paymaster, C. P. Wallach; Boatswain, John Bates; Gunner, E. J. Waugh; Carpenter, James Kinnear; Sailmaker, G. A. Wightman. Steamer water Witch. Commander, Wm. Ronckendorff (in August); Lieut., Francis Winslow (in October); Lieuts., J. L. Davis, James Stillwell, C. H. Cushman and Allan V. Reed; P. Asst.-Surgeon, P. S. Wales; Asst.-Engineers, Wm. C. Selden, Reynolds Driver, Edw. Scattergood, A. H. Able. Frigate Potomac. Capt., L. M. Powell, Lieuts., Samuel Marcy, Lewis A. Kimberly; Geo. E. Law; Master, W. S. Schley; Surgeon, J. D. Miller; Asst.-Surgeon, A. O. Leavitt; Paymaster, James D. Murray; Midshipmen, Wm. T. Sampson, C. H. Humphrey, Merrill Miller, John H. Reed, D. D. Wemple; Boatswain. C. E. Bragdon; Gunner, W. H. F
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
public, Acting-Ensign J. W. Bennett, being used as reserve vessels. Some of the vessels that accompanied the last expedition were badly damaged in various ways. The Sassacus had both rudders disabled, but her energetic commander, Lieutenant-Commander J. L. Davis, was ready in time. The Mackinaw, Commander J. C. Beaumont, had one of her boilers knocked to pieces, but her commander would go with but one boiler. The Osceola, Commander J. M. B. Clitz, in the same condition--one boiler smashed nder T. C. Harris, commanding the Yantic; Commander J. C. Howell, commanding the Nereus; Commander D. Ammen, commanding the Mohican; Commander J. C. Beaumont, commanding the Mackinaw; Commander J. M. B. Clitz, commanding the Osceola; Lieutenant-Commander J. L. Davis, commanding the Sassacus; Lieutenant-Commander E. E. Potter, commanding the Chippewa; Lieutenant W. B. Cushing, commanding the Monticello; Commander S. D. Trenchard, commanding the Rhode Island; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant A. R. Lang
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
the centre of the channel, apparently at work on the obstructions, or else sinking others, etc. Ensign Porter, who was very active and daring, assured me that chains formed some part of the obstructions, as he had been close enough to the buoys to feel them. The buoys themselves were visible to the eye from the picket Monitors which were stationed in the advance. Their reports, being verbal at first, cannot now be quoted; but subsequently I directed them to be made in writing. Captain J. L. Davis, commanding the Montauk, reports 25th September: At low water to-day, a rip was discovered extending from Fort Sumter in a line to the western end of the buoys, stretching from near Moultrie in a westerly direction across the channel. At first I thought it was the meeting of the tides, but as it did not alter position I came to the conclusion some hidden obstructions might be there. September 26th, the Catskill reports a steamer plying between Sumter and Moultrie on the previo
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
. Steamer Neptune 40,820 58 4,460 44 36,360 14 Key West Mar. 29, 1864 Lackawanna. Steamer Nassau 71,958 63 10,699 23 61,259 40 New York May 10, 1864 State of Georgia, Victoria. Schooner Nanjemoy 35 00   No proceeds Washington     Sloop Nellie 20,643 24 1,580 90 19,062 34 New York July 19, 1864 South Carolina. Steamer Nutfield 2,219 00 352 60 1,866 40 Washington Oct. 29, 1864 Sassacus. Sloop Neptune 20,045 35 1,654 58 18,390 77 Key West April 26, 1865 Sunflower, Honduras, J. L. Davis. Sloop (no name) 95 00 87 92 7 08 do   San Jacinto. Steamer Nan Nan 21,006 02 2,035 78 18,970 24 do May 1, 1865 Nita. Sloop Nina 440 71 105 56 335 15 do   Roebuck. Sloop Osceola 600 00 240 95 359 05 New York July 21, 1863 New London, Massachusetts, R. R. Cuyler. Schooner Olive 1,750 00 274 20 1,475 80 do July 21, 1863 New London, Massachusetts, R. R. Cuyler. Steamer Ouachita 9,800 00 2,167 84 7,632 16 do Nov. 25, 1863 Memphis. Schooner Odd Fellow 7,069 52 1,321 29 5,7
icers and men under your command, my sincere thanks for the glorious contribution you have just made to our common cause. Our countrymen must long remember gratefully to read the activity and skill, courage and devotion of the army at Belmont. J. Davis. Letter from Gen. Grant. The following is from a private letter from General Grant to his father, written on the night of the 8th: Day before yesterday I left Cairo with about three thousand men in five steamers, convoyed by two gunbthe thigh. Of the Thirtieth regiment, forty-four are killed and missing; eighteen are in the hospital and three wounded in camp. The names of the men are as follows: John S. Heath, Theodore Gross, Jerry Beatie, John A. McClure, of Company A; James Davis, Company B; Joseph Lenning, Company C; Isaac Wright, L. Cox, Milton Colton, Company D; H. Haling, George Brown, Frank G. Hart, Company E; H. Mayar, Wm. Abernethy, Company H; Isaac R. Martin, Wm. Entleten, A. J. Williams, Casper Sabien. Most o
nts under Gen. Pillow to his relief, then at intervals three others, then Gen. Cheatham. I then took over two others in person, to support a flank movement which I had directed. It was a hard-fought battle, lasting from half-past 10 A. M. to five P. M. They took Beltzhoover's battery, four pieces of which were re-captured. The enemy were thoroughly routed. We pursued them to their boats seven miles, then drove their boats before us. The road was strewn with their dead and wounded, guns, ammunition, and equipments. Our loss considerable; theirs heavy. L. Polk, Major-General Commanding. Reply of President Davis. Richmond, Nov. 8, 1861. To Major-General Polk: Your telegraph received. Accept for yourself, and the officers and men under your command, my sincere thanks for the glorious contribution you have just made to our common cause. Our countrymen must long remember gratefully to read the activity and skill, courage and devotion of the army at Belmont. J. Davis.
lived to ninety, and others to one hundred. Among the last was William Scovy, who died at the age of one hundred and four. The last two heads of the sixteen families who first settled that town died there in 1782, aged ninety-three years each. In Chester, an adjoining town, there died James Wilson, aged one hundred years; James Shirley, 1754, aged one hundred and five, and his relative of the same name aged ninety-one; and William Cragy and wife in 1775, each aged one hundred years. Col. James Davis was one of these emigrants, and he was a man of remarkable stature as well as years. He died in 1749, aged eighty-eight Birthplace of Benj. F. Butler at Deerfield, N. H. years. Samuel, ninety-nine years; James, ninety-three years; Thomas, eighty-eight years; Daniel, sixty-five years; Sarah, ninety-one years; Hannah, seventy-seven years; Elizabeth, seventy-nine years; Ephraim, eighty-seven years; and Phoebe, aged eighty-five years, the widow of Samuel, aged one hundred and two years,
poral John Stofel, wounded in the hand; Fife-Major Hugh Coleman, wounded in arm, severely; privates, A. Brightman, wounded in leg and missing; Wm. Baker, wounded in face and missing; Joseph Burkhardt, wounded in leg and missing; Martin Benziger, wounded in thigh and missing. Company B--Capt. J. A. Remly, wounded in ankle; Sergeant J. Lyons, wounded in left side; Corporal Thomas Hays, killed; Sergeant George Haig, wounded in hand; privates, D. Custard, missing and supposed to be killed; James Davis, wounded in side; George Kays, wounded in leg and foot; Charles Meyers, wounded severely in leg; John Gray, wounded in chin; Thomas Watson, wounded in leg; W. Mothersill, wounded in leg. Company C--Killed: Corporal Geo. W. Young, private W. H. Arbor. Wounded: Sergeant Chas. Friedeborn, in breast; Corporal Charles Fairfax, in thigh; private Geo. W. Gaugh, in side; James A. Morrow, in leg; John T. Coverdale, in side, severely. Company D--Killed: Private Frederick Shoemaker. Wounded:
poral John Stofel, wounded in the hand; Fife-Major Hugh Coleman, wounded in arm, severely; privates, A. Brightman, wounded in leg and missing; Wm. Baker, wounded in face and missing; Joseph Burkhardt, wounded in leg and missing; Martin Benziger, wounded in thigh and missing. Company B--Capt. J. A. Remly, wounded in ankle; Sergeant J. Lyons, wounded in left side; Corporal Thomas Hays, killed; Sergeant George Haig, wounded in hand; privates, D. Custard, missing and supposed to be killed; James Davis, wounded in side; George Kays, wounded in leg and foot; Charles Meyers, wounded severely in leg; John Gray, wounded in chin; Thomas Watson, wounded in leg; W. Mothersill, wounded in leg. Company C--Killed: Corporal Geo. W. Young, private W. H. Arbor. Wounded: Sergeant Chas. Friedeborn, in breast; Corporal Charles Fairfax, in thigh; private Geo. W. Gaugh, in side; James A. Morrow, in leg; John T. Coverdale, in side, severely. Company D--Killed: Private Frederick Shoemaker. Wounded:
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