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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 8: capture of Fernandina and the coast South of Georgia. (search)
River to Fort Pulaski. expedition to Fernandina. commanders of and vessels composing the expedition. capture of the works on Cumberland and Amelia Islands. Fort Clinch occupied. capture of Fernandina. capture of the steamer Darlington. General Lee and Fernandina. fine harbors for blockade runners. good service of the Navy. the forts and town of St. Augustine surrender to the Union forces. Dupont establishes government authority in the harbor of St. Johns. retreating Confederates buof the channel and shoalness of the bar gave the Confederates a great advantage, for even after vessels had passed the outer defences they would have to encounter a well-constructed masked battery at the town, which commanded the anchorage. General Lee had pronounced Fernandina perfectly defensible against a naval attack, but he did not appreciate the brave spirits that manned our ships or the power of 11-inch guns. It was fortunate for the Union cause that Fort Clinch and its outlying ba
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
it was necessary for the Unionists to capture this position at all hazards. It was a great strategic point which enabled the Confederates to cover Norfolk in the rear, Welden and the Northeast railroads, and keep open their communications with Lee's army at Richmond. If the Northern Government had established a formidable army in North Carolina in the neighborhood of Plymouth, Greenville and Newbern, connected by lines of communication and supported near these places by a fleet of gun-boroads to obtain their supplies, even if they did not have to evacuate Richmond. The final movement of our army under Sherman in his March to the sea, was directed towards some of these points in North Carolina, and it was not long after this that Lee surrendered and General Joe Johnston laid down his arms. When the Confederates found that the Hatteras forts were incapable of keeping the Federal gun-boats out of the sounds, and that the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers must fall into our hands, they
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
Kansas, thus threatening the free States in the Northwest, to hold Kentucky and Tennessee, cross the Ohio, and make the Northern States the theatre of war, thus punishing the Northern people for their obstinacy in declining to yield to the demands of the secessionists. This plan, which had been discussed long before the Southern States seceded, would doubtless have been carried out had it not been for the multitude of men in the North who sprang to arms and frustrated the Confederate plans. Lee had to retreat from Pennsylvania, where it was determined that the Confederates should endure all the hardships of war to teach them the folly of rebellion. To circumvent the grand schemes of the enemy in the West, it was necessary that we should have a naval force on all the rivers, and Attorney General Bates seems to have been the first person in the government to point out the necessity of such a force to get possession of all the tributaries of the Mississippi, and finally of the great
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)
great utility of such craft. The action of the Federal Government in this matter seems inexcusable. By the middle of March, the following ships, assigned to Farragut's command, had assembled at Key West, the rendezvous: Hartford, 25 guns, Com. Richard Wainwright; Brooklyn, 24 guns, Capt. T. T. Craven; Richmond, 26 guns, Com. James Alden; Mississippi, 12 guns, Com. Melancton Smith; Pensacola, 24 guns. Capt. H. W. Morris; Cayuga, 6 guns, Lieut. Com. N. B. Harrison; Oneida, 9 guns, Com. S. P. Lee; Varuna, 10 guns, Corn. Charles S. Boggs; Katahdin, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. George H. Preble; Kineo, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. George M. Ransom; Wissahickon, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. A. N. Smith; Winona, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. E. T. Nichols; Itasca, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. C. H. B. Caldwell; Pinola, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. Pierce Crosby; Kennebec, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. John H. Russell; Iroquois, 9 guns, Com. John De Camp; Sciota, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. Edward Donaldson. Total guns, 177. Also the following steamer
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
g reports of Flag-officer Farragut; captains Bailey, Bell, Morris, Craven; commanders Wainwright, Lee, Smith, Boggs, De camp, Alden, Nichols, Caldwell, Porter, Mitchell, and others. official lettersaring flag, and leading the Pensacola, Capt. Morris; the Mississippi, Com. M. Smith; Oneida, Com. S. P. Lee; Varuna, Com. C. S. Boggs; Katahdin, Lieut. Com. Preble; Kineo, Lieut. Com. Ransom; and the aptain Foote. On the 27th a large boom, situated above these defences, was destroyed by Captain S. Philip Lee. On the 28th General Butler landed above Fort St. Philip, under the guns of the Mississeived orders to destroy the batteries below the city; ran down in company with the Oneida, Captain S. P. Lee commanding, and by his directions I destroyed the battery on the port hand while he took cofficer, I reported to him that I was about to pass ahead for the purpose above indicated. Captain Lee said the enemy were in large force, and that he would follow with all the gun-boats. As it w
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
a division of gun-boats, and coveted the honor of leading, under your orders, the attack on New Orleans and its defences. Having been assigned by you to the command of a division of your fleet, with your concurrence, and at the request of Commander S. P. Lee, I hoisted my divisional flag on board the steam sloop-of-war Oneida, commanded by him. On the 20th of April, 1862, you issued a General Order, with a programme directing the fleet to pass the forts and ascend the river in two columns abreting-Assistant Paymaster, W. H. Sells; Acting-Second-Assistant Engineer, L. W. Simmonds; Third-Assistant Engineers, H. D. Heiser, C. C. Davis and Guy Sampson; Acting-Masters' Mates, Robert Roundtree and R. E. Stevens. Steamer Oneida. Commander, S. P. Lee; Lieutenant, S. F. Brown; Acting-Masters, Thomas Edwards, Pierre Giraud and Elijah Ross; Midshipmen, G. W. Wood and F. J. Naile; Surgeon, John Y. Taylor; Paymaster, C. W. Hassler; Chief Engineer F. C. Dade; Second-Assistant Engineers, H. M
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)
s ready, and I issued my general order (a copy of which is hereto appended) for the attack on the 28th, at 4 A. M. At 2 A. M., on the 28th June, the signal was made to weigh, and we proceeded up to the attack in the order of steaming prescribed in the diagram accompanying the general order. At 4 o'clock precisely, the mortars opened fire, and at almost the same moment the enemy fired his first gun, which was returned by the leading vessels-Iroquois, Commander J. S. Palmer; Oneida, Commander S. P. Lee; and Richmond, Commander James Alden. The other vessels--Wissahickon, Commander John DeCamp; Sciota, Lieutenant-Commander Edward Donaldson; (this ship, Commander R. Wainwright;) Winona, Lieutenant-Commander E. T. Nichols; and Pinola, Lieutenant-Commander Pierce Crosby--next came up, and poured in their fire successively. At almost the same instant, Commander D. D. Porter came up on our starboard quarter with the Octorora, Westfield, Clifton, Jackson, Harriet Lane, and Owasco, and op
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 34: (search)
severe disaster, if not defeat. The gun-boats followed along on the flanks of the Army, ready to aid it in every way, until the river became so narrow and crooked that they could go no farther, and in returning had to drop stern foremost. General Franklin's object in advancing on West Point was to cut off the retreat of the Confederates from Yorktown. But he encountered a much larger force than he had expected, and but for the gun-boats would have been roughly handled. Acting-Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee assumed command of the North Atlantic squadron on July 16, 1862, taking the place of Flagofficer Goldsborough, who was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, and relieved at his own request. Though the services of the latter officer had not been brilliant, yet his duties had been well performed and his record is that of a faithful, zealous officer, who, if he had been employed in a wider field of operations, would no doubt have made his name more conspicuous. The President consi
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
to destroy steamer Hebe. Lieutenant Cushing cuts out and destroys blockade-runner Alexander Cooper. destruction of the Venus. Miscellaneous. When Acting-Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee succeeded Rear-Admiral Goldsborough in the command of the North Atlantic squadron there was not much left to be done except keeping up a strict blockadof Captain Lamson, his officers and men, was bold and gallant in the extreme. I remain, Admiral, etc., George W. Getty, Brigadier-General, Commanding. Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee, etc., etc. The operations to which these brief letters alluded were those which took place between April 12th and April 23d, in which Lieutenant Lamssated officers and sailors for any hardships they had to undergo in winter storms or summer heats. North Atlantic Squadron, January 1, 1863. Acting-Rear-Admiral Samuel P. Lee. Commander Pierce Crosby, Fleet Captain, July, 1863.--Lieutenant R. H. Lamson, Flag Lieutenant, April, 1863. Steam-Frigate Minnesota--Flag-Ship
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 37: operations of the East Gulf Squadron to October, 1863. (search)
ic which alone kept the Confederate armies in the field. During the war, over $30,000,000 worth of this kind of property was seized and turned into the Treasury — not a tithe of its value, for a large portion of it went into the possession of land-sharks, who rarely gave a fair account of the money which passed through their hands. But when the big holes and the small leaks on the blockade were all closed up, the tale was told at Appomattox, where General Grant had to serve out rations to Lee's soldiers and give them enough to enable them to reach their homes. A launch and cutter from the Sagamore and others from the Fort Henry, including an ambulance boat, were added to this expedition and the whole force proceeded direct to Bayport, while the Sagamore remained in the offing to prevent the escape of Confederate vessels. Great difficulties attended this expedition, as the weather was very unfavorable, but the main object was handsomely carried out. The sloop Helen, of Cry
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