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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
aw the perils which a single. State, cut loose from her moorings during a terrible storm of passion, would have to encounter, and pleaded eloquently for the exercise of reason and prudence. They were as zealous as their colleagues for ultimate secession, but regarded the co-operation of at least the other Cotton-growing States as essential to success. If the State, in her sovereign capacity, determines that secession will produce the co-operation which we have so earnestly sought, said Mr. McGowan, of Abbeville, then it shall have my hearty approbation. . . . If South Carolina, in Convention assembled, deliberately secedes-separate and alone, and, without hope of co-operation, decides to cut loose from her moorings, surrounded as she is by Southern sisters in like circumstances — I will be one of her crew, and, in common with every true son of hers, will endeavor, with all the power that God has given me, to Spread all her canvas to the breeze, Set every threadbare sail, And give h
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 6: Affairs at the National Capital.--War commenced in Charleston harbor. (search)
on. She crossed the bar at Sandy Hook at nine o'clock the same evening, and proceeded to sea under her commander, Captain John McGowan. In consequence of the reception of a letter from Major Anderson, stating that he regarded himself secure in hilonel J. L. Branch. The National flag was flying over the Star of the West at the time, and, as soon as possible, Captain McGowan displayed a large American ensign at the fore. Of course the assailants had no respect for these emblems of the Unir of the West. Hemmed in, and exposed to a cannonade without power to offer resistance (for his vessel was unarmed), Captain McGowan perceived that his ship and all on board of her were in imminent peril of capture or destruction; so he turned her ban-ward, after seventeen shots had been fired at her, put to sea, and returned to New York on the 12th. Report of Captain McGowan, January 12, 1861. Major Stevens, a tall, black-eyed, black-bearded young man of thirty-five years, was exceedingly
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
ng is a list of the names (320 in number) of those to whom Medals were awarded: James McCloud, Louis Richards, Thomas Flood, James Buck,) Oscar E. Peck, Thomas Gehegan, Edward Farrel, Peter Williams, Benjamin Sevearer, John Davis, Charles Kenyon, Jeremiah Regan, Alexander Hood, John Kelley, Daniel Lakin, John Williams, John Breese, Alfred Patterson, Thomas C. Barton, Edwin Smith, Daniel Harrington, John Williams, J. B. Frisbee, Thomas Bourne, William McKnight, William Martin, John Greene, John McGowan, Amos Bradley, George Hollat, Charles Florence, William young, William Parker, Edward Wright, Charles Bradley, Timothy Sullivan, James Byrnes, John McDonald, Charles Robinson, Pierre Leno, Peter Colton, Charles W. Morton, William Martin, Robert Williams, George Bell, William Thompson, John Williams, Matthew Arthur, John MacKIEie, Matthew McClelland, Joseph E. Vantine, John Rush, John Hickman, Robert Anderson, Peter Howard, Andrew Brinn, P. R. Vaughn, Samuel woods, Henry Thielberg, Robert
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
exing state of affairs that ever beset a statesman. The little garrison at Sumter was surrounded by guns, and the indignant people of the North were demanding that it should be relieved at all hazards. The steamer Star-of-the-West, under Captain McGowan, of the Revenue Marine, was chartered during President Buchanan's administration, and ordered to carry provisions to the beleaguered fort; but on entering the harbor and getting within range of the guns on Morris Island, she was fired upon, and finding that he would be sunk if he persevered in going on, Captain McGowan turned his vessel about and left the harbor. Mr. Fox presented certain plans for the relief of Sumter to the Buchanan administration, but for various reasons they were not accepted, although at first deemed feasible, even by General Scott. But on the next day (Febuary 5th, 1861) news was received of the election of Jefferson Davis to the Presidency of the Southern Confederacy, and then General Scott intimated to
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
son and Milford Rogers; Acting-Master's Mates, R. P. Boss, John Rudrow, W. H. Leavitt and Tully McEntyre; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, G. W. Wilson; Acting Assistant Paymaster, G. W. Morton; Engineers: Acting-Second-Assistant, J. H. Padgett; Acting-Third-Assistants, T. B. Cole, W. B. Whitmore and A. D. Witherell. Steamer Florida. Commander, Pierce Crosby; Acting-Lieutenant, E. C. Merriman; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, E. H. Vose; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, W. F. Keeler: Acting-Master, John McGowan, Jr.; Acting-Ensigns, Peter Williams, C. E. Rich and C. Washburn; Acting-Master's Mates, W. H. Knowlton, T. W. Rock, Robert Clifford and David Fader; Engineers: Acting-First-Assistant, William McLean; Acting-Second-Assistants, John Mason and D. M. Lane; Acting-Third-Assistants, G. F. Smith and J. W. Hockett. Steamer Louisiana. Commander, Richard T. Renshaw; Acting-Ensign, E. S. McKeever; Acting-Master's Mates, Edw. Cassady, Chas. Fisher and Paul Boyden; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, T. W.
McCook, A. D., Colonel First Regiment, Ohio troops, D. 77; Doc. 271 McCook, —, Dr., D. 25 McCook, —, Midshipman, D. 73 Mccullough, Ben, notices of, D. 22, 74; a favorite of Buchanan, P. 24 Mccurdy, R. H., D. 32; Doc. 82 Mcdougall, —, Senator, D. 66 Mcdowell, Irwin, Gen., in command in Virginia, D. 82, 83, Doc. 321; proclamation, in relation to damages caused by the war, Doc. 333; his Headquarters, P. 101 Mcewin, —, Mrs., heroic action of, P. 130 Mcgowan, John, Capt., commander of Star of the West, D. 11; his report of the attack on the Star of the West, Doc. 21 Mcgowan, —, appointed to Beauregard's staff, D. 22 Mcguire, J. C., papers of, Int. 20 Mcknight, James, Capt., of Ringgold Artillery, D. 27 Mclane, Rev. Dr., D. 38 Mclane, Major, D. 74 Mclaughlin, Augustus, D. 96 Mclaughlin, Charles, P. 56 Mclenan, Alexander, Rev., anecdote of, P. 54 Mcquade, James, Col., 14th Regiment N. Y. S. V., Doc. 415
and the departure of the earliest mail from this place to the United States. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. G. Blake, Lieutenant Commanding. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. U. S. Consulate, Kingston, Ja., January 21, 1863. sir: I have to report to you the annexed list of casualties as resulting from a recent brilliant but disastrous encounter with the Alabama: John C. O'Leary, fireman, Ireland, killed; William Healy, fireman, Ireland, killed; Edward McGowan, fireman, Ireland,. severe wound in the thigh; John White, first cabin-boy, slight wound in the leg; Edward Mattock; Captain's Mate Delano, slight wound in the hand; Christopher Steptowick, seaman, Austria, slight wound in back; Patrick Kane, landsman, Ireland, slight wound in leg. Acting Master Partridge and five men are missing, all of whom we may hope have reached the fleet off Galveston. The wounded are in a favorable condition and will soon be able to return to duty again in the ser
a, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the taking of New-Orleans. Berth-deck on fire, he instantly closed the magazine, and remained inside. Thomas Bourne, seaman, William McKnight, coxswain, William Martin, seaman, Jno. Greene, captain forecastle. Captains of guns on board Varuna, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, April twenty-fourth, 1862. Mentioned as having done their duty, through the thickest of the fight, with great coolness and damage to the enemy. John McGowan, Quartermaster, Amos Bradley, landsman. On board Varuna, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, April twenty-fourth, 1862. Stood at the wheel the whole of the time, although guns were raking the decks from behind them. Their position was one of the most responsible on the ship, and they did their duty to the utmost. George Hollat, third-class boy, on board Varuna, in attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, April twenty-fourth, 1862. Mentioned as deserving great praise. Ch
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Star of the West, (search)
lead spies, and left New York at sunset, Jan. 5, 1861. Far down the bay she received, under cover of thick darkness, four officers and 250 artillerists and marines, with their arms and ammunition, and proceeded to sea, under her commander, Capt. John McGowan. On the morning of Jan. 9 she reached Charleston Bar, before daylight. Finding all the shore-lights put out, she extinguished her own. Just at dawn a scouting steamboat discovered her, burned colored lights as signals, and ran for the i American ensign at the fore. As she passed on, a continuous fire was kept up from Morris Island, and an occasional shot from Fort Moultrie was hurled at her. Two steam-tugs and an armed schooner put out from Fort Moultrie to intercept her. Captain McGowan, finding himself hemmed in, powerless, and in imminent danger of capture, turned his vessel seaward, after seventeen shots had been fired by the insurgents, and returned to New York, Jan. 12. This firing on the flag of the United States was
Doc. 21.--Capt. McGowan's report. steamship Star of the West, New York, Saturday, Jan. 12, 1861. M. O. Roberts, Esq.--Sir: After leaving the wharf on the 5th inst., at 5 o'clock P. M., we proceeded down the Bay, where we hove to, and took on board four officers and two hundred soldiers, with their arms, ammunition, &c., and then proceeded to sea, crossing the bar at Sandy Hook at 9 P. M. Nothing unusual took place during the passage, which was a pleasant one for this season of the ye A steamer from Charleston followed us for about three hours, watching our movements. In justice to the officers and crews of each department of the ship, I must add that their behavior while under the fire of the battery reflected great credit on them. Mr. Brewer, the New York pilot, was of very great assistance to me in helping to pilot the ship over Charleston Bar, and up and down the channel. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, John McGowan, Captain. --Times, Jan. 14.
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