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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.34 (search)
anded by Lieutenant George H. Snow, 33d North Carolina. There were also in the fort some supernumerary artillerymen, armed as Infantry, a section of Chew's Maryland battery, and small detachments from Harris' Mississippi brigade (under Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan), and from Thomas' Georgia brigade (under Captain William Norwood). The error of attributing this brilliant defence to Harris' brigade alone, doubtless arose from Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan of that brigade being the ranking officer in thLieutenant-Colonel Duncan of that brigade being the ranking officer in the fort. The incident of the wounded men loading and passing up the muskets to their comrades, is attested by officers in the fort, but I learn from General Lane's Ms. Report that, the ammunition giving out, the men used rocks with great effect. General Lane's report should by all means be published. On that night Petersburg was evacuated. But though time admonishes me to pass over in such brief fashion these last eventful days, duty bids me pause to make mention of two, who, everywher
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General S. D. Lee's report of the battle of Chickasaw bayou. (search)
on, Forty-second Georgia; Colonels Black and Turner, Third and Thirtieth Tennessee; Colonel Rowan, Eightieth Tennessee; Colonel Easterling, Forty-sixth Mississippi, and Colonel Richardson, deserve favorable notice. Of the artillery, I would particularly mention Major Holmes. Captain Wofford exhibited great gallantry and coolness, and to him is due more credit than to any one else for such defences as were at Chickasaw bayou, he having planned and executed most of them. Lieutenants Johnson, Duncan, Tarleton and Weims behaved well. Of my personal staff, I am pained to announce the death of Captain Paul Hamilton, Assistant Adjutant-General, who was killed on the 29th by the explosion of a caisson by a shell from the enemy, while executing an order. He was the most promising young officer it has been my fortune to meet. He was but twenty-one years of age, but had been in thirty battles. He was brave to a fault, always present in danger in the path of duty. His gallantry was only exc
At 10.30 P. M. of the same day, we got up steam, and by the soft and brilliant light of a moon near her full, threw ourselves into the broad, and swift current of the Father of Waters, and ran rapidly down to the anchorage, between Fort Jackson, and Fort St. Philip, where we came to at 4 A. M. In the course of the day, Captain Brand, an ex-officer of the old Navy, and now second in command of the forts, came on board to make us the ceremonial visit; and I subsequently paid my respects to Major Duncan, the officer in chief command, an ex-officer of the old Army. These gentlemen were both busy, as I found upon inspecting the forts, in perfecting their batteries, and drilling their men, for the hot work that was evidently before them. As was unfortunately the case with our people, generally, at this period, they were over-confident. They kindly supplied some few deficiencies, that still remained in our gunner's department, and I received from them a howitzer, which I mounted on my taf
ave one constantly, on board, to enable me to take advantage of any temporary absence of the enemy's cruisers, without having to hunt up one for the emergency, I dispatched the Ivy, to the pilots' station, at the Southwest Pass, in search of one. This active little cruiser returned in the course of a few hours, and reported that none of the pilots were willing to come on board of me! I received, about the same time, a telegraphic despatch from the Southwest Pass, forwarded to me through Major Duncan, which read as follows: Applied to the Captain of the Pilots' Association for a pilot for the Sumter. He requested me to state, that there are no pilots on duty now! So ho! sits the wind in that quarter, thought I—I will soon set this matter right. I, at once, sent Lieutenant Stribling on board the Ivy, and directed him to proceed to the Pilots' Association, and deliver, and see executed the following written order: C. S. Steamer Sumter, head of the passes, June 22, 1861. Sir
the deflection of a part of that current. But if there be a current constantly setting from the Cape of Good Hope to the south-east, how is it that the iceberg finds its way to the neighborhood of that Cape, from the south polar regions? There is but one way to account for it. There must be a counter undercurrent. These bergs, setting deep in the water, are forced by this counter-current against the surface current. This phenomenon has frequently been witnessed in the Arctic seas. Captain Duncan, of the English whaler Dundee, in describing one of his voyages to Davis' Strait, thus speaks of a similar drift of icebergs:—It was awful to behold the immense icebergs working their way to the north-east from us, and not one drop of water to be seen; they were working themselves right through the middle of the ice. Here was an undercurrent of such force as to carry a mountain of ice, ripping and crashing through a field of solid ice. Lieutenant De Haven, who made a voyage in search of
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 2 (search)
lantly, but were received with so warm a fire as to throw them into Sketch showing the position of the army of occupation at the battle of Monterey (Fac-Simile of the original) confusion, and just as they were preparing for another charge, Colonel Duncan's battery opened on them, and at the first discharge strewed the ground with the dead, and they precipitately fled. This little affair was very brilliant, and served to raise the spirits of all. The enemy's loss has been since ascertained nd leaving you without any share, has been a source of mortification to me greater than I can describe. Finally, I consulted my friends, some of the most distinguished officers of the army, such as Lieutenant Colonel C. F. Smith and Lieutenant Colonel Duncan, General Worth and others, and all of them advised me to leave. The above were the reasons influencing me; but I had, nevertheless, to struggle against my own personal inclination, which, I frankly confess, was to remain, and against
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 4 (search)
the canal, just as I had turned in, I was informed that a number of Union citizens had assembled on the dock and were desirous of seeing me, as they had seen me pass through when wounded. Fortunately the boat was about starting, which, together with my dishabille, were given as excuses for my non-appearance, and the people of St. George's were thus saved a most eloquent address. The first person I saw this morning was Duncan Graham, looking very handsome and very like his brother Willie. Duncan is on board the Octorara, Commodore Porter's flagship. After I had breakfasted, I attended to shifting the baggage and securing my place on the Old Point boat. I cannot tell you how miserable and sad I was and am at parting from you and the dear children, and as the boat pushed off and I saw those three fine boys standing on the dock, I thought my heart would break. But it cannot be helped and must be endured, and we must try and bear our trials as cheerfully as we possibly can. Baltim
n Webb2Two 20-pounder Parrotts, Old Pocotaligo. Guns in Position. Old PocotaligoOne 24-pounder iron howitzer, two 3 1/2-inch Blakelys. Honey HillTwo 12-pounder iron howitzers. Movable guns34 Guns in position5 Total39 Charles S. Stringfellow, A. A. G. Troops in Fifth Subdistrict, South Carolina, December 12th, 1864. Brigadier-General James Chestnut's Command, Grahamville. Command.Commanding Officer.Effec've Total.Positions. 2d Regiment South Carolina MilitiaLieut.-Col. Duncan76Honey Hill. 3d Regiment South Carolina MilitiaLieut.-Col. Harrington412Honey Hill. 4th Regiment South Carolina MilitiaLieut.-Col. Spearman249Honey Hill. 1st, 2d, and 3d Battlns. S. C. ReservesBrig.-Genl. Blanchard583Bee's Creek and Dawson's Bluff. Lafayette ArtilleryCaptain Kanapaux125Bee's Creek, Dawson's Bluff, and Honey Hill. Beaufort Artillery, SectionLieutenant Baker43Bee's Creek & Bolan Road. De Saussure ArtilleryLieutenant Gilbert42Honey Hill. Earle's ArtilleryLieutenan
ippers. These are devices for tripping or casting loose a ship's anchor. In some of them it is suspended by its ring from the cat-block or a tripping-bolt; in others it is fastened at each end by chains which are cast loose simultaneously. Duncan's anchor-tripper. Duncan, April 28, 1863. The anchor hangs from a clutch-ring on the cat-block, which is suspended below the cathead. When the fall is cast loose, the block descends, and the clutch is opened by the chains which are attachedDuncan, April 28, 1863. The anchor hangs from a clutch-ring on the cat-block, which is suspended below the cathead. When the fall is cast loose, the block descends, and the clutch is opened by the chains which are attached to the cathead, and to the projecting levers or prongs on the respective halves of the clutch. A single motion, the slackening of the fall, operates the tripper; the clutch is opened when the chains are made taut by the descent of the block. Stacey, December 27, 1864. The anchor is suspended by its ring from the hook of the fallblock, which depends from the cat-head. The tripping-rope is attached to an eye on the fall-block hook, and is belayed to a pin on the cat-head. When the fall i
still more enlarged scale. The best working-angle for the frame is 45°. The dredging-machine used in excavating the South Boston flats has a scow 80 feet long, 40 wide, and a dredge-shovel and chain of elevating-buckets on each side. They are advanced by chains running to anchored scows, the shovel beneath each elevator raising the mud and silt, and the buckets elevating the scooped — up mass, which is deposited in a scow attached to the dredger. Dredging-machines, Suez canal. Duncan's dredger, used on the Clyde in Scotland, has an iron hull 161 feet long, 29 feet beam, 10 feet 9 inches depth; has water-tight compartments, engine-room, and quarters for the crew. It has one bucket-chain, thirty-nine buckets having a capacity of 13 cubic feet each; driven by gearing from a marine engine of 75 nominal horse-power. It is moved forward by a steam-winch and a chain to a mooring. Sixty dredging-machines have been at work at one time in excavating the Suez Canal. They are
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