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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.4 (search)
f her steering gear, she would alone and single-handed have driven Farragut and his whole fleet out of Mobile bay. While this little book w of Fort Morgan to encounter with the Tennessee alone the whole of Farragut's formidable flotilla. The odds were fearful, yet the skill and dthe issue hang doubtful for more than an hour. To attack and sink Farragut's ship was the constant purpose of Buchanan. Other captains encoutered him on his way with ships as formidable as the Hartford, but Farragut was in the Hartford — to sink him was to win the battle — and so h path, and pressed relentlessly on to the grand object of attack. Farragut himself, after all was over, confessed that he was fully conscious Ah! had that luckless rudder chain not have jammed, Buchanan, not Farragut, might have been the great naval hero of the war. The extreme dr battery was put aboard, and she was turned loose in full view of Farragut's fleet. But after all was done for her that could be done, and s
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The naval fight in Mobile bay, August 5th, 1864--official report of Admiral Buchanan. (search)
naval hospital, Pensacola, August 26th, 1864. Sir — I have the honor to inform you that the enemy's fleet, under Admiral Farragut, consisting of fourteen steamers and four monitors, passed Fort Morgan on the 5th instant, about 6.30 A. M., in the n D. B. Conrad, to whom I am much indebted for his skill, promptness and attention to the wounded. By permission of Admiral Farragut, he accompanied the wounded of the Tennessee and Selma to this hospital, and is assisted by Assistant Surgeons Boothhe officers of the Tennessee who were in action. September 17-Since writing the above I have seen the report. of Admiral Farragut, a portion of which is incorrect. Captain Johnston did not deliver my sword on board the Hartford. After the surrennessee, Captain Giraud, the officer who was sent on board to take charge of her, said to me that he was directed by Admiral Farragut to ask for my sword, which was brought from the cabin and delivered to him by one of my aids. Admiral F. Buchanan, C
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Report of commander J. D. Johnston. (search)
Report of commander J. D. Johnston. United States hospital, navy yard Pensacola, August 13, 1864. Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Late Commanding Naval Defences of Alabama: I have the honor to submit the following report of the circumstances under which the Confederate States ram Tennessee, recently under my command as your flag-ship, was surrendered to the United States fleet commanded by Rear-Admiral Farragut, in Mobile bay. At 6 A. M., on the 5th instant, the enemy's fleet, consisting of four iron-clad monitors and fourteen wooden vessels, were discovered to be steaming up the channel into the bay — the former in a single line nearest to Fort Morgan, and the latter in a double line, each two vessels lashed together. When they approached sufficiently near to draw the fire from Fort Morgan, signal was made to the squadron to follow your motions, and the Tennessee was moved down to the middle of the channel, just outside the line of torpedoes stretching across it, from whence s