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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
accord. Fortunately for the honor of the Federal government, there was one man who believed it possible, by the force of energy, to overcome these difficulties. Mr. Fox, who was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the entire period of the war, possessed that peculiar kind of activity and intelligence which rises superior to alhe authorities of Charleston went immediately to work to prevent the revictualling of the garrison, by taking forcible possession of Sumter. By the 9th of April, Mr. Fox had succeeded, despite the incredulity and indifference of most of the authorities, in fitting out, as if by magic, a naval force in New York. He himself embarketh of April, Fort Pickens was placed out of all danger by the arrival of the Powhatan, which, as we have stated, had been detached from the expedition fitted out by Fox for revictualling Major Anderson, and which was at least able successfully to accomplish the new task assigned to her. Thus the week following the attack and cap
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the first autumn. (search)
enemy there. In the mean while, Thompson's brigade, which had adopted the nickname of its chief, who was called the Swamp Fox, far from wishing to avoid a fight, had gone to take position at a short distance from Fredericktown, where it awaited the to Cape Girardeau, he retraces his steps to that post, while Carlin returns to Pilot Knob, where the brigade of the Swamp Fox could never again come to molest him. Fremont had at last succeeded in putting his columns in motion; and while a detacexpeditions by land and sea in the month of August. The chief merit of their conception and organization was due to Mr. Gustavus Fox, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who had already distinguished himself at a critical moment by attempting to revictvaluable assistance and co-operation to the labors of the commission, which were stimulated by the indefatigable zeal of Mr. Fox, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. It was determined to organize an expedition of sufficient magnitude to occupy o
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—the first winter. (search)
alone upon General McClellan, as he could not embark on the 18th of March unless the War and Navy Departments should furnish him in time with transports, the chartering and equipment of which had been taken from his control. The news of the destruction of the Congress and the Cumberland, which was received on the morning of the 9th, caused all these preparations to be suspended, for it was no longer Richmond but Washington that was menaced. On the same evening, however, a despatch from Mr. Fox, who had gone to meet the Monitor, announced the success of that vessel and the retreat of the Virginia. The immediate result of this second day's fight was to render the navigation of the Chesapeake once more safe. If the James River remained closed by the presence of the Virginia at Norfolk, Urbanna and Fortress Monroe were both accessible, and could yet afford a solid base for the great operation which the army of the Potomac was about to undertake. But the plans of McClellan, already