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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
surface of the water. The bow and stern were at an angle of 45 degrees, and the wheel for propelling the vessels was placed in the stern. Of course these vessels had many imperfections, as we were new in the business of building iron-clads, and seem to have had very little idea what thickness of iron plating was necessary to turn the heavy shot of the enemy. The iron-clads carried four thirty-two pounders on each side, three nine or ten-inch guns in their bow ports, and two lighter U. S. Gun-boats Taylor and Lexington. guns in the stern. A casemate enclosed the wheel at the stern, and there was a conical pilot-house forward covered with iron. The writer is particular in describing these vessels, as they performed such remarkable service all through the war, and notwithstanding their defects and the vicissitudes they experienced, no vessels in the Navy engaged in so many successful battles or made such a record for their commanding officers. Within two weeks after the cont
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
ound my officers and men ready, but such was the suddenness of the appearance and passing of this formidable vessel of the enemy that but little time was afforded for any continued attack upon her with the unwieldy gun carried by this vessel. After passing down stream out of my line of fire, which he did in from four to six minutes, I was unfortunately only a spectator of the final result of this event. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. B. Lowry, Lieutenant-Commander, U. S. Gun-boat Sciota. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. United States Gun-Boat Sciota, Below Vicksburg, July 16, 1862. Sir — I have the honor to report that, in obedience to general signal, made yesterday at 7 P. M., I got under way and took position fifth in line and steamed down the river. On nearing the point opposite the city, found an active bombardment kept up from the iron-clad vessels of Flag-officer Davis's fleet, while the rebels were rep
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
ad to subsist on what provisions they had on hand, which was not much, and unless relieved by a superior force a month more or less would bring about a surrender It was not likely that the siege would be raised, for if the Federal Army, with all the disadvantages under which it labored, could manage to dispose of an enemy 80,000 strong in a country where the latter occupied all the strong positions, it could prevent the escape of that portion of them which had been driven into the city. U. S. Gun-boat Cincinnati sunk by the upper water battery at Vicksburg, May 27, 1863. (from a pen-and-ink sketch by Rear-Admiral Walke.) It is not the province of the writer to give an account of the military operations of the siege of Vicksburg; this book is mostly confined to the naval operations, and he is not sufficiently informed on the subject to do full justice to the movements of the Army. He knows enough, however, to be satisfied that everything was done by the generals of our Army in
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. (search)
ition up James and Nansemond Rivers. destruction of blockade-runners Bendigo, ranger, Venus and dare. capture and destruction of U. S. Steamer Underwriter. destruction of blockade-runners wild Dayrell, Nutfield, Dee, Emily, and Fannie and Jennie. boat expedition up Cape Fear River to Smithville. joint Army and Navy expedition up Pamunky River. boat expedition up Chuckatuck Creek. attack on Minnesota by torpedo-boat. Landing of Army at City Point and Bermuda hundred. destruction of U. S. Gun-boat Commodore Jones. Confederate torpedo defences. Monitors engage Howlett's battery. picking up torpedoes. repulse of attack on Wilson's wharf by gun-boats. Confederate iron-clads and gun-boats below Drury's Bluff. sinking of obstructions in James River. letter from General Butler to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee. Grant's operations. hulks sunk at Trent's reach. attack on Petersburg. engagement with Confederate iron-clad at mouth of Cape Fear River. daring adventures of Lieutenant