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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 14: battle and capture of Fort Henry by the Navy. (search)
an was to invest Fort Hieman on the west bank simultaneously with Fort Henry, in order to prevent re-enforcements, and also the escape of the garrisons. The Confederates perceiving the impossibility of holding both works against such a force, evacuated Fort Hieman, and gave all their attention to defending Fort Henry. Grant was ignorant of this withdrawal, and that night ordered General C. F. Smith to seize the heights on the west with two brigades. The rest of Grant's force, under Gen. McClernand, was to move at 11 A. M. on the 6th to the rear of Fort Henry, and take position on the road leading to Fort Donelson and Dover. where they could intercept fugitives and hold themselves in readiness to take the works by storm promptly on the receipt of orders. Commodore Foote's iron-clad gun-boats at Cairo. The fleet got under way at two o'clock on the day of the battle in the following order: The Essex, 9 guns, Corn. Wm. D. Porter, on the right; Cincinnati (flag ship), 13 guns
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
fied and defended by large armies, thus closing up East Tennessee, and preventing our armies from marching southward. On the 15th of February, Gen. Grant was assigned to the new military district of West Tennessee, with limits undefined, and Gen. W. T. Sherman to the command of the district of Cairo. Grant commenced at once to concentrate his forces and make his dispositions to meet the new order of defense established by the Confederates. His first step was to send Gens. Wright and McClernand up to Pittsburg, while he remained himself at Savannah, superintending the organization of the new troops which were arriving from Missouri, and making preparations to advance towards Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh). The account of the famous battle which soon occurred at this place must be left to military writers, but the battle of Shiloh with its changes of fortune from hour to hour, its keen anxieties. splendid fighting on both sides, and the splendid victory which was finally wrenched
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 24: Second attack on Vicksburg, etc. (search)
death of Lieut.-Com. Gwinn. arrival of General McClernand to relieve Sherman. expedition to Arkanon he was informed by the President that General McClernand had been ordered to raise an Army at Sprr-admiral would co-operate heartily with General McClernand in the operations to be carried on. But ld have been taken if it had depended on General McClernand's raising an Army sufficient for the purt, at Holly Springs, Miss., informing him of McClernand's intention, that he, Porter, had assumed co morning General Sherman learned that Major-General McClernand had arrived at the mouth of the Yazooto every one, for although it was known that McClernand had received orders to proceed to Illinois anforming him of his intention. However, General McClernand came with such orders from Washington thrule and knew exactly the terms on which General McClernand had received his orders, he declined to should go in command of the troops. To this McClernand agreed, only stipulating that he should acco
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 25: capture of Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. (search)
s, so that the Army had no impediment in its way. General McClernand had accompanied the expedition, it was supposed merend although pretty well cut up had no casualties. General McClernand's report that General Sherman had arrived in the reag of the capture of Fort Hindman (Arkansas Post). General McClernand assumed all the direction of affairs on the surrendelitary commander. But from this time the Army was under McClernand's command, and after the prisoners were received and senuotation from a military historian is inserted here: McClernand immediately acquiesced in Sherman's proposition and movee hours, in which the squadron bore a conspicious part. McClernand [Sherman it should be] lost about 1,000 men in killed, wure Vicksburg. He supposed the idea originated with General McClernand; but when he knew all the circumstances connected wirent that there could be no harmonious cooperation while McClernand remained in command of all the military forces. His pec
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 26: siege of Vicksburg. (search)
that could not be lost by delaying for the purpose of collecting siege tools, etc. Therefore, when the Union Army landed above Vicksburg, it was deficient in all the many appliances for undertaking a siege. They had but four siege guns, and three were supplied by the Navy. Their position opposite Vicksburg was such a poor one that a sudden rise of water would have drowned them out; and, worst of all, they had a leader in whom not an officer of the expedition could put any confidence. McClernand had come to supersede Sherman in the Yazoo River just after the troops had fallen back to the transports, and he had accompanied the Army to Arkansas Post, but with the express understanding with Admiral Porter that he would not interfere with General Sherman. This he refrained from doing until the enemy was beaten, and at that moment he assumed command and made all the reports himself. There were splendid generals in that Army, all men of the highest military acquirements, such as She
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 27: expedition through Steele's Bayou and Deer Creek. (search)
sulted with Admiral Porter regarding the possibility of passing the batteries at Vicksburg with a sufficient force — a point on which his mind was made easy — he called a council of war, at which all the divisional commanders,except Sherman and McClernand, were present. The plan proposed to the council was to send the gun-boats below Vicksburg with a sufficient number of transports, well packed with cotton — to protect their boilers and machinery — to march the Army over to Carthage, and thence transport it to the Vicksburg side, as circumstances warranted. This proposition was respectfully but strongly opposed by all the generals present. Sherman sent his objections — which were good ones — in writing; and McClernand, to whom Grant had spoken on the subject,wrote a letter. and proposed the plan of going below, as originating with himself, which was a habit this general had when anything of importance was about to be undertaken. This plan of Grant's seemed to those arou
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 28: passage of the fleet by Vicksburg and capture of Grand Gulf.--capture of Alexandria, etc. (search)
ies run. the fleet anchors below the city. McClernand confronted with Quaker guns. Grant pushes front of the batteries. insubordination of McClernand. Grand Gulf described. the gunboats commen the advanced division of the Army under General McClernand. The plantation at this place was own some four hundred men, the advance guard of McClernand's division, were found behind intrenchments e hazarded the success of the campaign. Had McClernand pushed on at once with the Navy to back him . Instead of carrying out his instructions, McClernand advanced only to Perkins' Landing, where he anding seemed to have such a fascination for McClernand that he remained there until Grant ordered hut no heed was given to the application; for McClernand, wrapped in his dignity, scorned all advice.e assumed command of the advance in spite of McClernand's objections, which were manifested in such ter Grant had got his Army in motion part of McClernand's division was embarked on transports, the r[6 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
hur. Headquarters, 6Th Division, 17Th Army Corps, In Field Near Vicksburg, Miss., May 23, 1863. Admiral — I received your communication with regard to silencing the two batteries below Vicksburg, and in reply would say that I witnessed with intense interest the firing on that day, it being the finest I have yet seen. I would have taken advantage of the results thus gained by your vessels, and had given the necessary orders to do so, when I received peremptory orders from Major-General McClernand to move my command around to the right of my position, to support a portion of his troops who had gained a lodgment in the enemy's works. I arrived, however, too late, and have now been ordered back to my former position and to follow up any advantage your vessels may gain. I have made a request to have some rifle guns sent me, which I require, and on receipt of which I expect to enfilade Whistling Dick's position; at any rate I will try. . . . . . . . . . . . . I am, your
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
acify the General, and recommended perfect subordination, telling him that nothing would please General Banks better than to place him under arrest, notwithstanding all the services he had rendered. General Smith could not bear to rest under the stigma of defeat, although everybody knew that he and his brave division had never been beaten at any time during the expedition. General Banks had moved into comfortable headquarters, and the several army corps had encamped near the town. General McClernand had taken command of the 13th corps, and was posted on a road leading to Fort De Russy, three miles outside of Alexandria, to keep the Confederates from passing down that way. The Army was in a state of general dissatisfaction from various causes. General A. J. Smith, from not being allowed to follow the Confederates to Shreveport; Franklin and Emory were disgusted at the way the expedition had been mismanaged; while Banks, though somewhat subdued, tried to preserve his equanimity.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
tween General Banks and Admiral Porter. General McClernand attacked by the Confederates. the RaggeBanks was not to blame. He had assigned General McClernand, with the whole of his army corps, to gued to pass, under any circumstances; but General McClernand had joined the Army under a cloud, was i. Smith's camp, about two miles from that of McClernand. Smith immediately ordered his men under arsition strongly with field artillery. General McClernand, not satisfied with the havoc committed so as to make his accounts all square. When McClernand insisted on A. J. Smith's giving up the clotat the ragged guerillas had appropriated. McClernand allowed his pickets to be driven in, and wasint him with the enemy's advance. In short, McClernand was inert, and, do what you might with him, derates was the one that had pushed past General McClernand's corps with artillery, to mount it at Dove on the 13th of May, the former under General McClernand, the latter under General Emory; but as [4 more...]