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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 14: battle and capture of Fort Henry by the Navy. (search)
Corn. Stembel. on the left of the Essex; Carondelet, 13 gulls Com. Walke, on the left of the Cincinnati; and the St. Louis, 13 guns, Lieut. Paulding, on the left of all. The Conestoga (wooden), 3 guns, Lieut. Phelps; Taylor (wooden). 9 guns, Lieut. Gwin; Lexington (wooden), 9 guns, Lieut. Shirk. These vessels all told mounted 76 guns; but as they were obliged to fight bow on and could therefore only use their bow guns, there were only twelve guns brought into action by the iron-clads and fiver Poole, Fourth Master; James McCamant, Pilot; William Ford, Pilot; George W. Garver, Assistant Surgeon; Augustus F. Taylor, Acting Paymaster; Samuel Vroon, Gunner; Richard Carroll, Carpenter; Reuben Story, Armorer. Gun-boat Taylor. William Gwin, U. S. N., Lieutenant Commanding; Edwin Shaw, First Master; Jason Goudy, Second Master; James Martin, Third Master; Patrick McCarty, Fourth Master; John Sebastian, Pilot; David Hiner, Pilot; Thomas H. Kearney, Assistant Surgeon; William B. Col
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
rvices rendered by the gun-boats Lexington and Taylor. Captain Gwin's report. the Navy aids materially in saving the Army d, and the following gun-boats passed through: Taylor, Lieut.-Com.Gwin; Lexington, Lieut.-Com. Shirk, and the Conestoga, Lieuve; Pittsburg, Lieut. E. Thompson; gun-boats: Taylor, Lieut.-Com. Gwin; Conestoga, Lieut.-Com. Phelps, the two latter in thestance, but received no orders to do so. At that time Lieut.-Com. Gwin, of the Taylor, having as yet received no instructionding to communicate with Gen. Grant. His reply was that Lieut. Gwin must use his own judgment in the case. Directly afterming in across the line of fire. So far Mr. Boynton: Capt. Gwin will tell the rest: * * * Both vessels opened a heavack when he considered that victory was in his hands. Lieut. Gwin in writing to Foote, puts it Rear-Admiral Henry Walke, wooden gun-boats Conestoga (Lieut. Phelps), and Taylor (Lieut. Gwin), and several transports with re-enforcements for Genera
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
rvice were busy assisting the Army to move where it desired, and patroling the river and clearing the flying artillery from the banks. On the 1st of March Lieut.-Com. Gwin learned that the enemy were fortifying Pittsburg Landing, and proceeded up the river in the Taylor, followed by the Lexington, Lieut.-Com. James W. Shirk. Wtteries had been placed. This little affair was well conducted, and much information was gathered in regard to fortifications being erected by the enemy. Lieut.-Com. Gwin, the leader of the expedition, was one of the most gallant officers in the Western Flotilla, and delighted in such service, where the usefulness of the gun-b equally contributed to the victory — a bloodless victory — more creditable to humanity than if thousands had been slain. I also enclose reports from Lieutenants-Commanding Gwin and Shirk, of the gun-boats Taylor and Lexington, on the Tennessee, giving a graphic account of that great battle, and the assistance rendered by these