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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
ly surrendered, under a capitulation signed by the respective commanders. The capitulation was signed on board the flag-ship Minnesota, August 29th, 1861, by S. H. Stringham, Flag Officer Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and Benjamin F. Butler, MajorGeneral U. S. Army, commanding, on one part, and S. Barron, Flag Officer C. S. Navy, commanding naval forces, Virginia and North Carolina, William F. Martin, Colonel Seventh Light Infantry, N. C. Volunteers, and W. S. G. Andrews, Major, commanding Forts Hatteras and Clark. It was agreed that commanders, men, forts, and munitions of war should be immediately surrendered to the Government of the United States, in terms of full capitulation, the officers and men to receive the treatment of prisoners of war. Barron had proposed that the officers and men should retire (in other words, not be detained as prisoners), the former to go out with their side-arms. The proposition was rejected. The prisoners were taken to New York, and afterward ex
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 5: capture of the works at Hatteras Inlet by Flag officer Stringham.--destruction of the privateer Judah. (search)
done, and little damage was received from the enemy. As soon as the white flag was shown from Fort Hatteras, some of the light draft vessels entered the inlet and drove off the reinforcements that were evidently endeavoring to reach the forts. At 2:30 P. M. General Butler went on board Com. Stringham's flagship, taking with him Flag Officer Samuel Barron, C. S. N., commanding naval defences of Virginia and N. Carolina, Col. Martin, 7th Reg., N. C. Infantry, and Col. Andrews, commanding Forts Hatteras and Clark, who had surrendered unconditionally with their commands. Soon after the Commodore proceeded in the Minnesota to New York, where all the prisoners were transferred to Governor's Island. This was our first naval victory, indeed our first victory of any kind, and should not be forgotten. The Union cause was then in a depressed condition, owing to the reverses it had experienced. The moral effect of this affair was very great, as it gave us a foothold on Southern soi
, I think it still my duty to say that all of them did their duty in every respect. I have the honor to be your most obedient servant, Max Weber, Colonel commanding Fort Hatteras. camp Hatteras, September 3, 1861. We, the undersigned, officers and men of the above regiment, certify herewith, upon honor, that Lieutenant-Colg naval defences of Virginia and North Carolina; Wm. F. Martin, Colonel Seventh regiment of infantry, North Carolina Volunteers; W. S. G. Andrews, Major, commanding Forts Hatteras and Clark; informing me the enemy had surrendered under the stipulations contained in the original agreement between myself and Major-General Butler on be other escape for privateers — that through Ocracoke — a difficult pass fifteen or twenty miles below Fort Hatteras. That point can now be easily possessed, if Hatteras is held and reinforced, as from it an expedition might be easily fitted out which could annihilate the works at Ocracoke in an hour. It is the key to the whole
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 36. battle of Port Royal, S. C. Fought November 7, 1861. (search)
way. We did not get a chance for a shot until near noon, but in the mean time we put every thing ready for action — rigging stoppered, decks sanded down, fires put out, and pumps rigged, in fact every thing that could be thought of, to give them Hatteras. In the mean time Capt. Dupont was pitching into two batteries--one on the right and one on the left bank of the river — with the Wabash, Susquehanna, Seminole, Pawnee, Mohican, and several of the gunboats. But when the old Pocahontas arriveg to do with it. They lay off in the transports, a long distance, until after we had taken the place, and the Gridiron, that emblem that every true American should be proud of, was flying over it. Consequently, no General Butler about this, like Hatteras. The men at my gun fought like Trojans, and the shot and shell flew about them like hail. We expected to be ordered home to repair our engine, but the Commodore says he wants us to do a little more fighting first. So we say we will go it with
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. Captured negroes declared to be contraband of War story of the origin of the phrase possibly not good law, but a handy expedient sensation created some remarks concerning Mr. John Hay as a historian difficulty in obtaining horses Decides to dislodge Confederate forces at Bethel order for detail of the movement gross mismanagement of plans Union troops fire upon each other in front of the breastworks orders disobeyed anin. Fox knew that I had gone on the expedition to Hatteras, for it was one in which he was much interested. When he saw me he cried out: Where from? Gustavus V. Fox, Ass't Secretary of United States Navy. From a photograph. Direct from Hatteras What news? I stated the result of the expedition. He was very much elated, and asked me to go right over and tell the President about it. We ought not to do that, said I, and get him up at this time of night. Let him sleep. He will
ck are gone, but her bowsprit and jib-boom still remain. The woods of Hatteras island are now visible in clumps, and one solitary tree, apparently miles from any others of its kind, raises its broad top amid a waste of sand. Another cloud of fog is approaching, and the Northerner, the beach, and the woods are again invisible. The steamer's whistle and bell are plied with energy, as we are closing on the Northerner, and must warn her of our presence. The fog has again cleared away, and Hatteras lighthouse is visible about ten miles south and west of us. This light is one hundred and fifty feet above the level of the sea, and can be seen at night at a distance of eighteen miles. The Northerner, the only one of our fleet visible, is abreast of us, and both steamers have the Union Jack flying at the foretopmast, the signal for a pilot. We are yet fifteen miles from the inlet, and can hardly make it before night sets in. It is therefore determined to lay off and on until morning, as
and of these heroic men. At his call and the boatswain's Jack gave flag three cheers again, and New-York gave Jack three cheers and a New-York tiger. Dr. Hitchcock proceeded to speak of the dark days of a year ago, of the iron-faced and ironhearted general who saved the capital, and the noble-hearted man who had made Sumter a doubly heroic word. He spoke of Bull Run as a blessing in disguise, and said that it was the navy that turned the tide of victory in our favor. He referred to Hatteras, to the elliptic dance at Port Royal, and good Parson Foote, who held the rebels so long in conference meeting, at Island Number10, and when they ran away before the benediction, resolute Dissenter as he was, sent the Pope after them. [Laughter.] But, he said, we had met to resolve that the widows and children of the brave men who fell in Hampton Roads should not suffer. Those men fought, not for glory, but for duty's sake; but glory they should have. He believed that the providential ca
ill. You are supposed, General, to command the Department of Pamlico, or the whole of Eastern North-Carolina. Can you not condescend to pay me a visit? Come and see what inestimable blessings your peaceful secession has conferred on the peace-loving people of North-Carolina. Come! behold the scenes of your great military exploits. A little more than a year ago you came to defend and protect North-Carolina. You had possession of Roanoke Island, Fort Macon, New-bern, Washington, and Hatteras. How are they now? In the Falstaff imagination of your secession friends, every soldier under General Foster was transformed into live; the sea-coast is abandoned, and you are eating out the substance of my people in the interior. Come, look at the counties of Currituck, Cam. den, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Washington, Tyrrell, and Hyde. Think of this immense and rich territory — of their bright fields; how their valleys laughed with corn and wheat before your arrival; and now
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Case, Augustus Ludlow 1813- (search)
Case, Augustus Ludlow 1813- Naval officer; born in Newburg, N. Y., Feb. 3, 1813; joined the navy in 1828; served in the Gulf of Mexico during the Mexican War, and took part in the engagements of Vera Cruz, Alvarado, and Tabasco. In 1861-63 he was fleet-captain of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and was present at the capture of Forts Clark and Hatteras. Early in 1863 he was assigned to the Iroquois, and in that year directed the blockade of New Inlet, N. C. He became rear-admiral May 24, 1872. During the Virginius trouble with Spain in 1874 he was commander of the combined North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and European fleets at Key West. He died Feb. 17, 1893.
es. In view of this sudden revolution in the rebel means of attack, what artillery has this army which can be depended upon to destroy these iron-clads in the absence of Federal iron-clads? It has only seven suitable rifles, six of which were here when no iron boats were dreamed of. A two hundred pounder and a one hundred pounder are at Plymouth. A one hundred pounder is at Hatteras; two are at Fort Macon, and two at Newbern. In case the iron-clad passes Plymouth, Roanoke Island and Hatteras will be visited. One rifle is needed at Hatteras to replace the one moved to Plymouth; and one at Macon, to replace the gun removed to Newbern. Guns are burst, and otherwise crippled in active service, and there should be at this depot, at least one or two extra, for such contingencies. The Southfield, burst a one hundred pounder in extricating the Bombshell on the Chowan. On the twenty-fourth Commander Flusser was expecting the iron-clad and an attack at Plymouth, and wrote to Co
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