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il the mass has been burned out. So quickly does the fire travel through the tube or case that it will go a mile in four seconds. The experiment was tried, a small Gomez fuse one hundred feet long being coiled up in a tub of water, and its two ends brought over the side. An accurate stop watch could not indicate any lapse of time s full of fine powder should be put in the top of each barrel or bag through the whole mass of the powder, and that from the cabin, where it was to be set on fire, Gomez fuses should be run through all these boxes of fine powder so placed. By this means every box of powder would be exploded at substantially the same instant of timends were to be placed in a receptacle filled with powder. When this powder in the receptacle should be fired, it would instantly set fire to the whole mass. The Gomez fuse to be used for this purpose was bought and furnished. Clockwork devised and ordered to be used to explode the powder-boat Louisiana, but not used for that
with great care, and after numerous experiments, to insure safety and certainty, the slow matches, six in number, which were to be distributed in as many places. In the event of the electricity failing the clocks were to be the next dependence; it was, therefore, necessary to so distribute them that in case the vessel was boarded from the shore they could not be conveniently reached; and also to lead the flame rapidly to many points. This it was proposed to accomplish by the aid of the Gomez fuse train, which is incomparably quicker in its action than the flame of gunpowder, approximating electricity. From each clock and each slow-match this train was to be laid through the exterior layers of bags in the deck-house and into each hatch; and, in order to secure this simultaneous ignition in many places, the fuse train from each of the clocks was to be grafted into the other fuse train from each of the other clocks at all points of crossing. By the report of Admiral Porter it
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 23: the fall of 1864 (search)
include the newly arrived 19th corps, and this disposition of command was still in force when Butler butted in to the Fort Fisher expedition, taking his powder boat with him, regardless of Delafield's discussion of the value of powder boats. The boat was towed into position by Commander Rhind of the Navy who reported placing it within 300 yards of the northeast salient of Fort Fisher, which bore west southwest a half west about midnight of Dec. 23, 1864. It was fired by several lines of Gomez fuse running through the mass of powder and ignited by several devices arranged to act an hour and a half after the ship was deserted. The explosion occurred at 2 A. M., and was supposed by the garrison of the fort to be the accidental explosion of a Federal gunboat. Not the slightest damage was done to the fort, whose garrison remained in ignorance of Butler's plans until published afterward. On the 24th and 25th, the fort was subjected to a terrific bombardment at the rate of 40 to 50
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
board a delightful old pilot seventy years old, who has been on all our trips; a perfect old philosopher, who knows every nook on the coast from Maine to New Orleans, and who, once tapped, talks forever, with the raciest personal adventures. Captain Gomez he is; was of course born in Salem, in Clam Shell Alley, in a part of the city called Buttonhole. His mother could not read and whipped his sister for venturing to study grammar at school--What business have poor folk's children to learn Grang other places, and was delighted to go there and get back a chest of tools; he is a brave little old thing, too, and stayed on deck when I drove all others under; and when Montgomery was surprised at Palatka and Lieutenant-Colonel--wounded, old Gomez tried to work the gun himself. After the Florida trip the regiment was picketed at Port Royal Ferry, South Carolina. April 12 . .. In the misty gray of the morning, I rode out to the ferry amid rose scents and the song of early birds, he
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Index. (search)
9; in jail, 69,70. Freemans, the, in America, 321. Fremont, Col. John C., 160, 161; reception to, 170. Frothingham, Octavius B., 49. Froude, J. A., dinner to, 267, 268. G Garrison, William Lloyd, described by Whittier, 8, 9, 11; described by Higginson, 93. Gaston, Lieut. R. M., death of, 205, 206. Geary. John W., Governor of Kansas, 141-43. Gibbs, Miss, of Newport, 224, 225. Gilder, Richard Watson, 234, 235. Goldschmidt, Otto, husband of Jenny Lind, 39, 40. Gomez, Capt., 191, 192. Goodell, John, 171. Grant, Gen. U. S., at Newport, 254, 255. Guild, Mrs., Edward, 269. Gurneys, the Russell, 280, 281. H Hale, John P., 70. Hale, Sarah, 3. Hallet, Benjamin F., 69. Hanover, King of, funeral of, 288, 289. Harkness, Major, 178, 179. Harper's Ferry, 87. Harte, Bret, 261; loans to, 330. Harvard Divinity School, graduation, 4, 5. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 254. Hawthorne, Una, daughter of Nathaniel, 237-40, 277. Hay, John, Lincoln's secretar
G. Garay, Francisco, I. 35. Gates, Sir Thomas, I. 143, 149. George I., III. 322. Georgia, colonization of, proposed, III. 417. Charter for, 419. Oglethorpe in, 420. Indians in, 422. Moravians in, 423. Slavery interdicted, 426. Highlanders in, 427. The Wesleys and Whitefield, 429. Extends its boundaries, 431. See Oglethorpe. Gilbert, Sir Humphrey, I. 88, 91. Goffe, William, II. 35, 104. Gomez, Stephen, I. 38. Gorges, Sir Ferdinand, I. 119, 270, 337 Death, 429. Gorges, Robert, I. 326. Gorton, Samuel, I. 419. Gosnold, Bartholomew, I. 111. Death 127. Gourgues, Dominic de, I. 72. Grand Bank, fisheries of, I. 87. Grijalva, I. 35. Grotius opposes American colonization, II. 274. Gustavus Adolphus, II. 284.
on. S. S. Galloway, of Ohio, said: That the President told him he would send a letter to the meeting; but on calling for it, per agreement, the President said he could not find the time to write one that would do justice to his feelings. "Two years ago," he said, he "passed through Baltimore clandestinely, and now they invite me to their meetings. How can I express my feelings? Tell them I am with them in heart and in sympathy in the great cause of unconditional emancipation. " [Applause.] Miscellaneous. Four persons — McKee, Crocert, Oliver, and Gomez--two of them commission merchants, have been arrested in New York for furnishing fuses to the Confederates. Gen. Don Carios Buell is to be Gen. Grant's new chief of staff. Oliver Wendell Holmes was nominated by the Republicans of Boston for the Legislature, but he declined to run. Two Herald correspondents, Hart and Hendricks, were captured on the 31st, near Meade's headquarters, by Mosby's guerillas.
about that torpedo that Admiral Porter had read so much about that he could not help trying one, says: Every appliance which scientific knowledge and ingenuity could devise, and enterprise and manly daring execute, were put in requisition to insure the success of this novel and important feature of the expedition. The boat selected for the purpose was the Louisiana, a propeller of about three hundred tons burden. About one hundred and forty tons of powder, together with the necessary Gomez fuses and other appliances for insuring an instantaneous ignition of the vast mass of powder that was put on board before the boat left Hampton Roads. One hundred and twenty tons more of powder were added at Beaufort, where she put in on her way to the scene of action, making, in all, two hundred and sixty tons, or 520,000 pounds. The aggregate cost of powder and boat to the Government was slightly in excess of a quarter of a million of dollars. The boat was painted white, her general appear