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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
ny confidence in. This vessel, designed by John Ericsson, was to be paid for only in case she prove came to our assistance in our emergency with Ericsson's nondescript, to show what skill and enterpr in behalf of the Union. As the Monitor of Ericsson approached completion the Navy Department hurhy, man, he said, John Lenthall predicts that Ericsson's vessel will sink as soon as she is launchedent, but he subsequently did ample justice to Ericsson and built many vessels after the distinguishemmand the respect of the weakest nations; yet Ericsson still lives, with vigor unimpaired and intelld him, ruthlessly slaughtered at his Captain John Ericsson, inventor of the Monitor. cool commandr was at hand, and at nine o'clock that night Ericsson's little Monitor, under the command of Lieut.e-looking craft which they knew at once to be Ericsson's Monitor, of which they had received a descrd in every navy in the world, and the fame of Ericsson promises to endure for centuries to come.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
stablish heavy forts all along the rivers, and knock the vessels to pieces; in April, 1862, after the war had progressed for a year, General Leonidas Polk seized upon tie heights near Belmont, Ky., and mounting heavy guns there blocked the way for Army transports from Cairo to the sea. Then the Army began to talk of improvising a Navy of their own, and the Navy Department sent Commander John Rodgers to St. Louis to superintend the construction of an army flotilla. While the North had its Ericsson, the West was fortunate in possessing, in the person of Mr. James B. Eads, the very man for the occasion. Mr. Eads undertook to build seven large gun-boats, heavily plated on the bow and lighter on the sides. which were calculated to carry very heavy ordnance. It is strange how slowly even the cleverest of men receive new ideas. These gunboats, intended for service in the smooth waters of the western rivers, could have been plated with iron sufficient to have turned the heaviest shot,
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
and Commerce, but where were our rams that should have been built by the North which boasted of its great skill and resources? These should have been ready to sally out within three months after the war began, to drive the Louisiana, Manassas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Albemarle, and others, back to their holes or crush them like so many egg shells. Our formidable vessels were not even begun — the little Monitor even was due to the energy and public spirit of a private citizen, John Ericsson, who furnished his vessel just in time to save the honor of the nation. The nondescript, wooden Navy, with scarcely a rifled gun, was called upon to attack these monster iron-clad rams sheltered by forts and floating obstructions and protected by torpedoes and fire-rafts; and was expected in all cases to win, notwithstanding the difficulties to be encountered. The American people do not know, and probably never will appreciate, the value of the capture of New Orleans. Had the city
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 22: operations in the Potomac.--destruction of Confederate batteries.--losses by shipwreck, in battle, etc. (search)
vessels that would be able to contend with the heavy iron-clads which had been constructed by the Confederates. By May, 1862, the latter had finished the powerful Merrimac, together with the Louisiana and Arkansas, both equally powerful with the Merrimac, and had nearly completed the Mississippi at New Orleans, the Albemarle, the Atlanta, the Tennessee, at Mobile, and several other iron-clads on the tributaries of the Mississippi. Up to this time the United States Government had only Ericsson's little Monitor to show, but the success of that famous vessel stirred the Navy Department up to building iron-clads able to cope with anything in the way of ships or forts that the Confederates could devise. Previous to the memorable encounter between the Monitor and the Merrimac the Department had exhibited neither zeal nor intelligence in dealing with this important problem. The following is a list of vessels of our Navy, published by the Navy Department in December, 1862; an enumer
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 32: Navy Department.--energies displayed.--building of iron-clads (search)
Department at first doubtful of the plans of Ericsson's Monitor. Boards appointed to discuss the mox introduces the 15-inch gun into the Navy. Ericsson's claim as an inventor. Congress wakes up inwhich had been averted by the invention of John Ericsson, and the gallant officer who fought the Untly; and they were not so much indebted to John Ericsson for driving the Merrimac into port, as for same time that she settled the Merrimac, and Ericsson not only rose at once in the estimation of thno positive belief at first in the success of Ericsson's Monitor. The plan was so contrary to all pplans that had been submitted (one of them John Ericsson's), but with reservations and a proviso (wh a case; but he did decide. and in favor of Ericsson, who proposed not only the most reasonable pritor system, the original idea was that of John Ericsson; any change B. F. Isherwood, U. S. Navy,atest opposition was being manifested against Ericsson's invention, and the government would only au[4 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ion should be reduced, I take the liberty to express to the Department my firm opinion that the obstructions could be readily passed with the means already provided, and our entire fleet of ironclads pass up successfully to the wharves at Charleston, and that the Monitors will retain sufficient enduring power to enable them to pass all the forts and batteries which may reasonably be expected. Mr. Stimers also expressed great confidence in the efficiency of the torpedo rafts designed by Mr. Ericsson, for the purpose of removing torpedoes and blowing up obstructions, which the historian of the Navy says naval officers were unwilling to use Mr. Stimers--or any other person in like circumstances — could express what opinion he pleased, as he had no responsibility in the matter and was not likely to have any. The intelligent reader will doubtless attach more importance to the opinion of the Commander-in-chief and his well-tried officers, who always did their duty faithfully in whateve
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
53   187 Nantucket 44 155 53 51   104 Ironsides   4439 164     164 Totals 1255 6771 882 256 56 1194   No. of shots fired. Weight of projec. fired in tons. By Ironsides 4,439 288 1/2 11-in. by Monitors 2,332 151 1/2 15-in. by Monitors 1,255 213 1/2   Total 8,026 653 1/2 That these vessels were subjected to a terrific fire there can be no doubt; and it shows that, though there may have been defects in the building of some of the Monitors, yet that Ericsson's system was the most perfect one then invented, and that no ship in European navies then built could have contended successfully with any one of them for an hour. During the progress of the engineering work under General Gillmore, which was of the most laborious kind, the iron-clads and gun-boats played a most conspicuous part, as has been shown in instances already quoted. It would have been as easy for the enemy to have worked towards the Union position as for the Federals to advance
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 51 (search)
against the effect of shells. The remaining ten built at the Navy Yards were of somewhat less size, but to be of great speed; and as nearly all of these were of full-sail power. they were expected to maintain their positions at sea for at least three months, and to be used on the most distant stations. Among the wonders of the age at that time were built a set of vessels called the Miantonomoh class — a wooden vessel designed by the naval constructors, and built at the Navy Yards with Ericsson turrets, the machinery designed by Engineer-in-chief B. F. Isherwood, chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering; with a high rate of speed, perfect ventilation, impregnable, and with the enormous battery of four 15-inch guns, all combined in a vessel of the moderate rate of 1,560 tons, drawing only 12 feet of water. Others of the same type, with increased tonnage and of still higher speed, were also in the course of construction, and the Federal Government had, apparently, realized at last