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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
hington City. This Board was composed of Major John G. Barnard, of the Engineer Corps of the army, Professor Alexander Bache, of the Coast Survey, and Captains Samuel F. Dupont and Charles H. Davis, of the Navy. The Board, after careful investigations, made elaborate reports, and, in accordance with their recommendations, expedier, were placed in charge of Brigadier-General T. W. Sherman, acting as major-general. The naval portion of the expedition was placed under the command of Captain S. F. Dupont, who had served as chairman of the Board of Inquiry just mentioned. The fleet was composed of fifty war vessels and transports, with twenty-five coal vessf their capacity and light draught, for landing troops in shallow and still waters. The entire tonnage of the transports was estimated at about 40,000 tons. S. F. Dupont. The Wafbash led the way out to sea, and its followers, moving in three parallel lines, and occupying a space of about twelve miles each way, made a most
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
construction. A well-organized signal corps accompanied the expedition, and there were two extensive pontoon trains. Fully equipped in every way, the expedition, whose destination had been kept a profound secret, left Hampton Roads on Sunday, the 11th of January, 1862. and went to sea. when it was known that the expedition had actually gone out upon th<*> Atlantic at that inclement season, there was great anxiety in the public Stephen C. Rowan. mind. The storm of November, by which Dupont's fleet had been scattered, was vivid in memory, and awakened forebodings of like evil. They were well founded. A portion of Goldsborough's fleet now met with a similar fate off tempestuous Cape Hatteras. Its destination was Pamlico Sound, which was to be reached through Hatteras Inlet. The voyage had been lengthened by a heavy fog on Sunday, Jan. 11. and on Monday night those vessels of the fleet which had not reached the stiller waters of the Inlet were smitten and scattered by a terr
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 11: operations in Southern Tennessee and Northern Mississippi and Alabama. (search)
f April, and he soon drove Hollins to shelter below the fort. General Pope, whose troops had landed on the Arkansas shore, was unable to co-operate, because the country was overflowed; and, being soon called by Halleck to Shiloh, Foote was left to prosecute the work alone. Finally, on the 9th of May, the painfulness of his ankle, because of the wound received at Fort Donelson, compelled him to leave duty, and he was succeeded in command by Captain C. H. Davis, whose important services with Dupont at Port Royal we have already observed. See page 117. Hollins, meanwhile, had reformed his flotilla, and early in the morning of the 10th May, 1862. he swept around Point Craighead, on the Arkansas shore, with armored steamers. Several of them were fitted with strong bows, plated with iron, for pushing, and were called rams. Davis's vessels were then tied up at the river banks, three on the eastern and four on the western side of the stream. Hollins's largest gun-boat (McRea), f
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
ice, maneuvering in an elliptical course, like Dupont's at Port Royal Entrance, and throwing heavy s. on the coast of North Carolina, Sherman and Dupont were engaged in movements on the coasts of Sou expedition that might attempt it. Sherman and Dupont at once organized one for the purpose. The laaking easy conquests on the coast of Florida. Dupont left Port Royal on the 28th of February, 1862and St. Andrew's Islands. Leaving the Wabash, Dupont raised his flag on the smaller war vessel Mohiectly commanded the waters in the vicinity. Dupont had expected vigorous resistance at Fort Clincm Amelia Island. The rumor was confirmed, and Dupont immediately sent forward Commander Drayton, ofslands had fled to the main. In the mean time Dupont sent a small flotilla, under a judicious officnists, and of 400 families who were there when Dupont arrived on the coast, only 70 remained when Stin Florida during the remainder of the war. Dupont returned to Port Royal on the 27th of March, l[4 more...]