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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore) 8 0 Browse Search
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least, good grounds for my opinion. Before closing my report, I must testify to the coolness, prompt obedience, and absence of any approach to panic, on the part of the officers, and, with but few exceptions, on that of the crew, many of whom were at sea for the first time, and, it must be admitted, under circumstances that were well calculated to appall the boldest heart. I would beg leave to call the attention of the Admiral and of the Department to the particularly good conduct of Lieut. Greene and Acting Master L. N. Stodder, who remained with me until the last, and by their bearing did much toward inspiring confidence and obedience on the part of others. I must also mention favorably Acting Master's Mate Peter Williams, and Richard Anjior, Quartermaster, who both showed on that occasion the highest qualities of men and seamen. The latter remained at his post at the wheel when the vessel was sinking, and when told by me to get into the boat, replied: No, sir; not till you go
d ordered the brigade to form parallel with the bayou on which its right then rested, move toward the river, and complete the investment of the enemy's works. Having moved scarcely more than half a mile, we met the enemy in force, their works being in full view. The brigade halted, and skirmishers from the Seventeenth Missouri were sent forward to feel the enemy. They soon became hotly engaged, and the Third Missouri infantry were ordered forward to their support. Here a brave man, Captain Greene, of the Third Missouri, together with two color-bearers, were instantly killed by the bursting of a shell, and a large number wounded. The enemy having now been unmasked and their position partially at least ascertained, a halt was ordered and nothing further was done until the final dispositions for reducing the Fort were made. I had forgotten to state that the Twelfth Missouri was left behind at the landing as a guard for the transports, and that Captain Landgrasber's battery finding
ken of in too high terms. Though wounded by a musket-ball in the thigh, he retained charge of his boat; and when staff was shot away, held the stump in his hand, with the flag, till we got alongside the Freeborn. J. B. Frisbee, gunner's mate, on board Pinola, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the taking of New-Orleans. Berth-deck on fire, he instantly closed the magazine, and remained inside. Thomas Bourne, seaman, William McKnight, coxswain, William Martin, seaman, Jno. Greene, captain forecastle. Captains of guns on board Varuna, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, April twenty-fourth, 1862. Mentioned as having done their duty, through the thickest of the fight, with great coolness and damage to the enemy. John McGowan, Quartermaster, Amos Bradley, landsman. On board Varuna, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, April twenty-fourth, 1862. Stood at the wheel the whole of the time, although guns were raking the decks from behind them. Thei
of an attack on our rear. Three squadrons of the Forty-first Massachusetts cavalry were at once ordered to the rear to prevent any surprise in large numbers, and to disperse the cowardly guerrillas that followed in the track of the train, annoying us constantly, evidently with the intention of harassing us to such an extent that a rapid advance would be impossible. In the mean time other messengers came in reporting that General Mouton, son of the ex-Governor of Louisiana, with Brigadier-General Greene, were but a short distance in our rear, with five thousand men, including a large number of Texicans. It was very plain that Mouton's object was to engage our rear, and then, by a comp-de-main, endeavor to flank the entire division. Upon discovering this scheme, Colonel Chickering had three regiments of infantry drawn up in line of battle, directly in front of the wagon-train, and orders were then given for the train to move on. Colonel Morgan, of the Ninetieth New-York, whose r