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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 1: organization of the Navy Department.--blockade-runners, etc. (search)
the representative of the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Gideon Welles. This organization was found necessary, owing to the defective system then existing, which exists now, and which will be found defective again if we should ever be involved in a war of any magnitude. It was rather remarkable that the Government, after the war, should have fallen back upon the old bureau system without any professional head, when its defects were so glaring just after the commencement of hostilities. Mr. Fox, on entering upon the duties of Assistant Secretary of the Navy, brought with him into the Department a knowledge of naval matters which could not by any possibility have been attained by a pure civilian, and though he did not, perhaps, have the prestige that would have been held by a Board of Admirals or the Board of Naval Commissioners, the success of the Navy during the war, its rapid increase in numbers and efficiency, showed that he was alive to all the requirements of the service, and
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
tter with him. The General did not approve Mr. Fox's plans, and informed Mr. Lincoln that it mighould be brought to the executive mansion. Mr. Fox took Commodore Stringham to the President, whred that Sumter could be relieved on the plan Mr. Fox proposed. On the 10th of March the Presidelikely to be attacked by the Confederates. Mr. Fox had applied to the Secretary of the Navy befog into the harbor to inaugurate a civil war. Mr. Fox then stood in towards the bar with the Baltic sharing the fate of his brethren of the Army. Fox went on board the Pawnee and informed the Commahe rest of this history we must further quote Mr. Fox's report: The tug Freeborn was not permitox find the launches and men on the Powhatan? Mr. Fox was not at all responsible for the failure, ie matter was made plain. The quotations from Mr. Fox's report explain it all. It was fortunate m (on the 12th of March), as will appear from Mr. Fox's letter, which has been quoted. Captain M[32 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 32: Navy Department.--energies displayed.--building of iron-clads (search)
amships and converting them into iron-clads. Mr. Fox bends all his energies towards introducing ireering. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren and his guns. Mr. Fox introduces the 15-inch gun into the Navy. Ertant Secretary of the Navy. It was not until Mr. Fox was appointed that due attention was paid to acquiesced in the President's appointment of Mr. Fox as his naval adviser. The civil war had no at defiance even France or England. While Mr. Fox, the Assistant Secretary, was bending all hishe could have accomplished all he did without Mr. Fox's assistance no one pretends to claim; but heot be overestimated. On a requisition from Mr. Fox, Mr. Lenthall designed the double-enders, witut it is certain neither Secretary Welles nor Mr. Fox knew anything about it until after the battler the wires to the Secretary of the Navy, and Mr. Fox started at once for Hampton Roads to see if hand to report on the condition of affairs. Mr. Fox was on the dock at Fortress Monroe, where he [5 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
for a division of the Union, the government naturally desired that the laws should be vindicated there at as early a date as practicable. and the Navy Department wished to have the honor of bringing about so desirable an end. Therefore, Assistant Secretary Fox, with the approbation of the Secretary of the Navy, directed all his energies towards getting as large a number of iron-clads as possible to Charleston to Commander (now Rear-Admiral) William E. Le Roy. enable Admiral Dupont to force hl Monitor-shaped vessels with great rapidity, the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Navy were unjustly assailed from various quarters for adopting the Monitor system in preference to all others. In this matter, Mr. Secretary Welles and Mr. Fox showed good judgment, for the Keokuk, which was not a Monitor-built vessel, was shattered so by the enemy's fire at Charleston that in a few minutes she withdrew from action to avoid sinking, and did sink some hours afterwards from the effects o