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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 17: evacuation of Fort Pillow and battle of Memphis. (search)
from wounds or scalding, and forty-three were either drowned or killed in the water. The wounded men received the greatest care and consideration, and were finally sent to Memphis on board the Conestoga and an army transport. To Lieuts. McGunnegle, Shirk and Blodgett is due the highest honor, not only for their bravery during the action, but for their humanity in providing for the comfort of the poor fellows who were so badly scalded. Dr. George W. Garber, of the Lexington, and Dr. William H. Nelson, of the Carondelet, also deserve great credit for their judicious care of the wounded. With regard to Col. Fitch, who stormed and carried the fort with his soldiers, we have only to say that he exhibited that cool courage and judgment which he had always displayed since co-operating with the Navy at Island No.10. This victory, though a small one, was very important, as it opened the White River to our gun-boats and transports, and showed the enemy the futility of attempting to
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)
ew Orleans, while further inland, at Yazoo City, the iron-clad ram Arkansas was almost ready for service. Several other iron-clad vessels were, at the same time, building at various points on the tributaries. Admiral David G. Farragut. A comparison of the work done by the North and the South, up to the advance on New Orleans, is largely in favor of the latter; for not one among all the vessels sent to Farragut possessed any power of resistance, save what had been shown from the time of Nelson. Not only had the North failed to avail itself of its great resources for the construction of powerful armor-clad vessels in sufficient numbers to strike at once a heavy blow, but up to the departure of this expedition, a commencement only had been made, by the construction of the Monitor, one small iron-clad, and the new Ironsides. The subsequent encounter of the former vessel with the Merrimac seemed to show for the first time the great utility of such craft. The action of the Federal G