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D. H. Hill, Jr., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 4, North Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 18 0 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 18 0 Browse Search
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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 13.93 (search)
The first battle of the Confederate ram Albemarle. by her Builder, Gilbert Elliott. In the spring of 1864 it was decided at Confederate headquarters that an attempt should be made to recapture Plymouth. For an account of the capture of New Berne and Plymouth, North Carolina, by the Union forces, see Vol. I., pp. 647-659. The Confederates made three attempts to recapture New Berne. On March 14th, 1863, General D. H. Hill sent General J. J. Pettigrew with infantry and seventeen guns tldren who were being sent away for safety, on account of the approaching bombardment. With muffled oars, and almost afraid to Plan of the Albemarle. The Albemarle, built at Edwards's Ferry, on the Roanoke, thirty miles below Weldon, by Gilbert Elliott, according to the plans of Chief Constructor John L. Porter, C. S. N., was of solid pine frame timbers, each 8 x 10 inches thick, dovetailed together, and sheathed with 4-inch plank. The Albemarle was 122 feet long, 45 feet beam, and drew 8
es that might come against him by bridge No. 4, Pender's and Brockenbrough's, and threw Branch's, Gregg's and Archer's against the forefront of the battle, while Toombs', Kemper's and Garnett's engaged against its right. . . . Pegram's and Crenshaw's batteries were put in with A. P. Hill's three brigades. The Washington artillery, S. D. Lee's and Frobel's, found places for part of their batteries, ammunition replenished. D. H. Hill found opportunity to put in parts of his artillery under Elliott, Boyce, Carter and Maurin. Toombs' absent regiments returned as he made his way around to the enemy's right, and joined the right of Gen. D. R. Jones. The strong battle concentrating against General Burnside seemed to spring from the earth as his march bore him further from the river. Outflanked and staggered by the gallant attack of A. P. Hill's brigades, his advance was arrested. . . . General Cox, reinforced by his reserve under General Sturgis, handled well his left against A. P. Hil
Cooke is a just one. No boat could have been built under more difficulties than was the Albemarle, as Cooke named his new venture, and its construction shows the difficulties under which the Confederates waged a long war. It was designed by Gilbert Elliott. The prow, which was used as a ram, was of oak sheathed with iron; its back was turtle-shaped and protected by 2-inch iron. Cooke had ransacked the whole country for iron, until, says Maffitt, he was known as the Ironmonger captain. The en the early hours of the 19th of April, she dropped down the river and passed the fort at Warren's neck, under a furious fire. The protection from the shield was so complete that the shot from the guns at Warren sounded to those on board, says Elliott, no louder than pebbles against a barrel. In the rear of Fort Williams, the Albemarle saw two Federal gunboats lashed together. These were the Southfield and the Miami, under the brilliant C. W. Flusser. Immediately the Albemarle dashed nine
ngs of hunger were pressing cruelly upon their unprotected families. What Captain Elliott says of Martin's North Carolina brigade was, changing only the numbers, trfight at Bentonville. Scarcely more than 100 yards from the salient held by Elliott's South Carolina brigade, which had Ransom's North Carolina brigade on its lefhes. The mine was under Johnson's portion of the fortifications. Wise was on Elliott's right, Ransom's brigade under Colonel McAfee (Ransom being wounded) on his l Confederates, who had been thrown in consternation by the eruption. General Elliott rushed to the breach, calling to his men to drive back the assailants. He wasd Forty-ninth North Carolina regiments, also of Ransom's brigade, closed in on Elliott's brigade, continuing his line. These regiments in front and the two in rear . drove back the charge along the trenches. On the right, Wise's men joined Elliott in grim resistance. The Sixty-first North Carolina regiment, sent by General
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.16 (search)
rters and lost cannon arms, and a large quantity of supplies, and many prisoners. The bridge was burned. But as Pickett had failed, Martin was compelled to return to Wilmington. When the Confederates from Lee's army under General Robert F. Hoke assaulted and captured Plymouth, N. C., after a bloody engagement (with the valuable aid of the iron-clad ram Albemarle, which was built at Edward's Ferry, on Roanoke river, under contract with the Confederate States Navy Department, by Lieutenant Gilbert Elliott, of the Seventeenth North Carolina troops, detached), Martin's Brigade was ordered to relieve Hoke's command, which made another demonstration against Newbern without material results. Soon after this all available forces in the Carolinas and at South Atlantic posts were concentrated at Petersburg and south of the James to resist Butler's army. Martin's Brigade reached Petersburg, and reported to Major-General W. H. C. Whiting, on the 14th of May, 1864. The commanding general, B
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.22 (search)
place an ardent and devoted Southerner by the name of Gilbert Elliott, who had had some experience in boat building, propose vessels more than a few miles above Plymouth, therefore Mr. Elliott decided to construct the ram at what was known as Edwardwas constructed, we must confess she was a wonder. When Elliott reported her ready for service, the Government selected ththe fires, and the men were allowed to go to sleep. Gilbert Elliott, who accompanied Captain Cooke as a volunteer, feelingiving at the obstructed point, began to take soundings. Elliott soon discovered that there was ten feet of water over and lmost afraid to take a long breath, for fear of detection, Elliott and his companions made their way back and reached the Albemarle after midnight. Elliott stated to Captain Cooke his firm conviction that the ram could pass the obstructions, and urgethe shells rattled against the ram in rapid succession. Elliott had protected her sides with hanging chains, and they prov
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index (search)
; tribute to, 121,832. Dinkins, Captain, James, 185, 205. Dix, General J. A., 88. Dixon, Captain G. E., 168. Dorsey, Frank, 288; Colonel Gus W., 286. Doughoregan Manor, 220. Drayton, General T. F., 140. Du Bois, A., 279. Dunant, M. Henri, 229. DuPont, Admiral S. F. 139. Early General J. A., 105; meagre force of, in Valley, 109; his movement on Washington, 216, 250. 257, 267; at Lynchburg, 307, 372; his Indian orderly, 871. Elliott Grays, Roll and History of, 161. Elliott, Gilbert, 208. Emack, Lieutenant. 113. Embargo of 1812, The, 25. Finley. Colonel Luke W. 288. Fisher's Hill, Battle of, 371. Forces, Federal and Confederate, Disparity between, 109, 184, 241 280. Fox, Captain of the, 198. Frazier's Farm, Battle of, 149. Fulton, Judge J. H., 136. Garnett, James M., 147. Garrett, John W., his military sagacity, 220. Gettysburg, 31, 159. Gordon, General J. B., 105. Grant, General U. S., 29, 96; his order for devastation, 304, 332. Hall
er with me, said he despondingly, and by a fatality I did not expect; and with grief and disappointment in his heart, he retired into Somersetshire. Let us see, said the ministers, if the duke of Cumberland will be desperate enough to form an administration without Pitt and Temple. Northington assured them, that they might remain in office if chap. XV.} 1765. June they chose. The most wary gave in their adhesion; even Charles Yorke went to Grenville and declared his support, and Gilbert Elliott did the like. Our cause is in your hands, said the Bedfords to Grenville, and you will do it justice. This was the moment of his greatest pride and political importance; he was at the head of the Treasury; he had defeated his sovereign's efforts to change the ministry; he was looked up to and owned by the Bedfords as their savior and protector. His ambition, his vanity, and his self — will were gratified. The king had been complaining in strong terms of July. the little business
nd the eyes of nations were bent upon Gibraltar. Two French Princes of the blood — both of whom were afterwards Kings of France--(the Count de Provence, afterwards Louis XVIII; and the Count D'Artois, afterwards Charles X.)--joined the camp of the allies, eager to share in the glory of an enterprise which they did not doubt would restore the important seaport of Gibraltar to the Spanish branch of their royal house. To meet these formidable preparations, the British Governor, Sir. Gilbert Elliott, had but 7,000 soldiers, already half starved, for they had been on short allowance for months. But they had hearts in their bodies, and the fortifications of Gibraltar before them, and these latter had become a proverb for impregnability throughout the earth. They not only did not think of surrendering, but like our brave countrymen at Charleston the other day, were confident of beating their gigantic foe. The action commenced early in the morning. The cannonade for hours shook the