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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
on my having good information respecting the iron-clad rams which they were building. I sent Captain Lee up to seize the principal one, the Mississippi, which was to be the terror of these seas, and nearly over to Pontchartrain, and has 29 guns: the one on the left had six guns, from which Commander Lee took some fifty barrels of powder, and completed the destruction of the gun-carriages, etc. will not be able to go higher than Baton Rouge, while I have sent the smaller vessels, under Commander Lee, as high as Vicksburg, in the rear of Jackson, to cut off their supplies from the west. I of the flag-officer, my red, distinguishing flag as second in command, first on the Oneida, Commander Lee, and afterwards on the Cayuga. That brave, resolute, and indefatigable officer, Commanderand had succeeded in forcing the surrender of three, when the Varuna, Capt. Boggs, and Oneida, Capt. Lee, were discovered near at hand. The gallant exploits of these ships will be made known by thei
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
t. You, in your flag-ship, the Hartford, at the head of one column, and I at the head of the other. About this time Commander Lee expressed a regret that he had invited me to lead my division in his vessel, the Oneida, alleging as a reason that I he facts, you kindly consented to my doing; and on giving the gallant Harrison the opportunity he sought, the Oneida, Commander Lee, was assigned a position further astern. After the chain and booms, constituting the enemy's obstructions, were cut came into the Cayuga as well as into the enemy in conflict with us, he passed up the river out of sight. The Oneida, Commander Lee, came up soon after and fired into a steamer that had already surrendered to the Cayuga (being her third prize). I then ordered Lee to go to the assistance of Boggs of the Varuna, then engaged with two of the enemy's steamers up the river, which had been drawn off from their attack on us of the Cayuga, to follow and head off Boggs in the Varuna. After seeing our
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)
Vicksburg. shelling the batteries. Farragut and Davis join hands. the ram Arkansas makes her appearance. a vigorous pursuit. engagement between the Arkansas and Carondelet. the Carondelet drifts ashore. the Arkansas slips by the fleet, to Vicksburg. the attack on Vicksburg abandoned. Flag-officer Davis relieved. reports of Flag-officer Farragut, Captain Craven, commanders Alden, Wainwright, Palmer, De camp, Porter, and fleet Surgeon Foltz, Lieut.-commanders Baldwin, Preble, Russell, Lee, Donaldson, Nichols, Crosby, Woodworth and Lowry. Commodore W. D. Porter's report of engagement at Port Hudson. report of Commander Riley. When Farragut passed the Chalmette batteries, and the vessel approached New Orleans, the city levee presented a scene of desolation. Ships, cotton, steamers and coal, were in a blaze and it looked as if the whole city was on fire. It required all the ingenuity of the commanding officers to avoid coming in contact with the floating conflagration, a
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
r-Admiral Goldsborough, continued to hold his reputation under Rear-Admiral Lee. He was a terror to the marauding troops of the enemy, who maaffairs that had occurred in the North Atlantic squadron since Rear-Admiral Lee took command, and was an instance of how necessary was the aidmands made upon the Navy, and on an announcement being made to Rear-Admiral Lee by General Peck that the enemy were advancing in an attempt to, etc., George W. Getty, Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers. Rear-Admiral Lee. Also the following letters: U. S. Gun-Boat Steppingiral, etc., etc., George W. Getty, Brigadier-General, etc. To Rear-Admiral Lee, etc., etc. Headquarters 3D Division, 9Th Corps, In Theepelling the enemy; and your immediate commanding officer, Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, has reported in terms of admiration of your discretion anss to the enemy, and it could not be replaced. On May 26th, Rear-Admiral Lee reports the operations in the sounds of North Carolina. It ap
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)
River. letter from General Butler to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee. Grant's operations. hulks sunk at . The battle of Gettysburg, which caused General Lee to fall back upon Richmond, and the surrendadron, under the immediate command of Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, was at Hampton Roads; some of the ve So that, according to Confederate historians, Lee's effective force of infantry did not exceed 40oper supplies, we can hold against the whole of Lee's army. Butler was, in fact, under the impresssed for this purpose were received by Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee on the 2d of June, consisting of a baomacy as to whether General Butler or Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee should assume the responsibility of pn consequence of this resolution Grant moved by Lee's right flank, and threw his army across the Jad on the 15th General Butler wrote to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, informing him of Grant's order, and uctions in the river were impassable, Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee judged it expedient to apply for an i[14 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
armies. speech of Jefferson Davis. General Grant on necessity of retaining iron-clads on James River. expedition under Lieutenant-Commander Flusser to Windsor, N. C. attack on Plymouth, N. C. Confederate ram Albemarle attacks Southfield and Miami. the Southfield sunk. death of Lieutenant-Commander Flusser. capture of Plymouth by Confederates. communication of Secretary Welles on loss of Plymouth. General Peck to General Butler. casualties at Plymouth. attack on Newbern. Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee's instructions to Captain Smith. capture of Confederate steamer Bombshell. Second engagement between ram Albemarle and gun-boats. appalling scenes on board the Sassacuts. incidents of fight. fruitless attempts to destroy the Albemarle. laying torpedoes at mouth of Roanoke River. flotilla in sounds reinforced by additional vessels, etc. From the time General Grant fixed his headquarters at City Point, the naval vessels in that vicinity, under Captain Melancton Smith, were e
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
close up the port of Wilmington, N. C., so that supplies could not get in, or cotton get out. This was a most difficult thing to do, and his predecessor, Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, with one of the largest squadrons afloat, had never succeeded in the attempt. His officers, it is true, captured a large number of vessels, but where one blockade-runners were insured in England against capture, so many successful voyages were made, but towards the last the insurers charged very high premiums. Admiral Lee's squadron captured or destroyed a large number of blockade-running steamers, perhaps to the value of ten millions of dollars. The shores of North Carolina wer vessels, which were generally run aground and set on fire to prevent the Federal Navy from deriving any benefit from their capture. We do not know what were Admiral Lee's particular plans in regard to the blockade-runners, but it was determined, while the fleet was waiting for the Army to get ready, that a new system should be
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
ace on both sides of the river, the gun-boats were pushing up as fast as they could find their way through the intricate channel. Before General Cox or General Terry had reached the vicinity of Wilmington, the gun-boats reached Forts Strong and Lee. Taking a position at thirteen hundred yards distant,they opened with their 11-inch guns on the forts. The forts were in an elevated position and were armed with eight or ten heavy guns. Soon after the fleet opened fire the forts were evacuated.ahe gun-boats, assisted by the torpedo-boat; but the Confederate commander, either on his own volition or by an order from his Government, determined to make an attempt to pass the obstructions and break up the pontoon bridge. At the same time General Lee was to attack the army on the left bank of the river, and, while the Confederate fleet was occupied in driving away the Union gun-boats and the Onondaga, push on to City Point, set fire to all the wharves and store-houses, and create a scene o
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 55: operations of the Mississippi Squadron in the latter part of 1864 and in 1865. (search)
lowed Rear-Admiral Porter in October, 1864, in the command of the Mississippi Squadron, was not fortunate on his arrival in the West. On the 4th of November, Admiral Lee reports the loss of the tin-clad gun-boat Undine in an engagement with the Confederates on the Tennessee. The enemy had seven pieces of artillery against the glle, and Hood's entire army was reported as moving on that place, the scene of the late destruction of the gunboats and transports. It is not likely that Acting Rear-Admiral Lee had been apprised of the advance of Hood's army into Tennessee, as otherwise he would have sent some iron-clads to that quarter, since the tin-clads were ral George H. Thomas, will ever be interesting, and a compliment from him paid to the Navy will be appreciated. General Thomas immediately telegraphed to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee the result of his operations against General Hood, and expressed his thanks for the aid the Army had received from the naval flotilla on the Tennessee: