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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 18: capture of forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the surrender of New Orleans. (search)
intermission until the final attack of the fleet on April 24th. The effects of this fire are best described by Colonel Edward Higgins (the commander at Fort Jackson), dated April 4, 1872. Your mortar-boats were placed in position on the afternabled by the time the centre division had passed the forts, and the action decided in favor of the Federal fleet. Colonel Higgins, of Fort Jackson. admitted this when he saw the large ships of the Flag-officer's division pass, exclaiming: Betterle, and to that end terms of capitulation had been already prepared, and these were accepted by General Duncan and Lieut. Col. Higgins. As the terms were being signed, Porter found, to his surprise, that the capitulation of the defenses was not tof the burning wreck if necessary, but not to leave the anchorage. The pen was then handed to General Duncan and to Colonel Higgins, the boldness of whose signatures gave no evidence of the proximity of a possibly fatal explosion. Commander John
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
ships passed the forts I sent a demand to Colonel Higgins for a surrender of the forts, which was declined. On the 27th I sent Lieutenant-Colonel Higgins a communication, herewith enclosed, asking a. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Edward Higgins, Lieutenant-Colonel-Commanding. Commodore. D. Porter, Commanding Mortar Fleet. Colonel Edward Higgins, Commanding Confederate forces in Fort, commanding the coast defences, and Lieutenant-Colonel Higgins, commanding Forts Jackson and St. Phnever did rebels get such a castigation. Colonel Higgins ordered the men from the batteries into t K. Duncan had command of both forts, and Colonel Higgins, who some years ago was an officer of theor forty-eight hours my informant thought Colonel Higgins had not left the ramparts, and never seemght against the government after all. (Colonel Higgins had no expectation of being attacked; tha Flag-officer Farragut's fleet passed up, Colonel Higgins was so sure of destroying it that he allo[8 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
battery in front of the city. This battery was commanded by Colonel Higgins (formerly a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy), who had so gallantl This was the hottest fire the gun-boats had yet been under, as Col. Higgins clung to his works with the greatest tenacity and placed a numbeeld on. The Tuscumbia was brought up with her 11-inch guns, but Higgins soon made her turret untenable, and she was finally completely disshort and would be out in a few minutes. This was provoking. Colonel Higgins' fire had begun to slacken and in half an hour more he would h drop down, and finally the last one was obliged to retire and Colonel Higgins was left master of the field. It is not likely that he enjoyebeen lowered from their carriages to avoid the naval fire, and Colonel Higgins (who had made out all the signals passing between our Army andwhatever — the works were all deserted; even the indefatigable Colonel Higgins, who loved to give his old shipmates a reminder of his gallant