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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 12 2 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1. 7 1 Browse Search
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 5 1 Browse Search
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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 2: bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter.--destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard by the Federal officers. (search)
e department had nothing but a revenue cutter to depend upon. Days went by before anything else was attempted. On the 11th of April Commodore Jas. Alden was ordered to report to Commodore McCauley to take command of the Merrimac, and Chief Engineer Isherwood was sent to Norfolk to get the ship's engines in working order as soon as possible. On the 14th the work was commenced, and on the 17th the engines were in working order — so much for the Commandant's assertion that it would take a mobe in good order. Next morning the Commandant was again informed that everything was ready, but he replied that he had not decided to send the Merrimac out. It was in vain that he was reminded of the peremptory character of the order which Mr. Isherwood had brought from the Secretary of the Navy to get the Merrimac out at the earliest possible moment. He only replied that he would let his decision be known in the course of the day. He gave as a reason the obstructions that had been placed i
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 32: Navy Department.--energies displayed.--building of iron-clads (search)
steamships and converting them into iron-clads. Mr. Fox bends all his energies towards introducing iron-clads into the Navy. Mr. Lenthall Chief-constructor. Mr. Isherwood Chief of Bureau of engineering. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren and his guns. Mr. Fox introduces the 15-inch gun into the Navy. Ericsson's claim as an inventor. Cong-half knots per hour for twenty-four consecutive hours, the greatest speed that had been attained at that time by any naval power. In this case the ability of Mr. Isherwood, chief of Bureau of Steam Engineering, was brought into play. He designed the engines and boilers of these ships, as he did the machinery of all others planneat that time in any European navy. Whatever alterations may have been made in the Monitor system, the original idea was that of John Ericsson; any change B. F. Isherwood, U. S. Navy, Chief of Bureau of steam-engineering. or improvement that left the hull submerged, or nearly so, and retained the revolving turret, was his by ri
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 38: review of the work done by the Navy in the year 1863. (search)
Navy comprised vessels of the most formidable kind, and far more powerful than those of European navies. It is due to history to state that this addition to the Navy was owing the energy and ability of Mr. G. V. Fox, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who had the supervision of all improvements and additions of ships, Mr. Welles wisely approving all his suggestions; while the able Chief Constructor, Mr. John Lenthall, brought all his ability to bear on the models of the vessels, and Mr. B. F. Isherwood, the talented Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering, devised the engines, which, even to the present day, have scarcely been equalled. The consequence of all this was that Governments disposed to be meddlesome failed to interfere when they saw that the Republic was not only determined to crush the Rebellion, but to resent any outside interference. The year 1864 opened hopefully for the success of the Union arms by land and sea, and it will be seen that the history of the Amer
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 51 (search)
t the Navy Yards were of somewhat less size, but to be of great speed; and as nearly all of these were of full-sail power. they were expected to maintain their positions at sea for at least three months, and to be used on the most distant stations. Among the wonders of the age at that time were built a set of vessels called the Miantonomoh class — a wooden vessel designed by the naval constructors, and built at the Navy Yards with Ericsson turrets, the machinery designed by Engineer-in-chief B. F. Isherwood, chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering; with a high rate of speed, perfect ventilation, impregnable, and with the enormous battery of four 15-inch guns, all combined in a vessel of the moderate rate of 1,560 tons, drawing only 12 feet of water. Others of the same type, with increased tonnage and of still higher speed, were also in the course of construction, and the Federal Government had, apparently, realized at last the importance of having a powerful Navy, by which alone