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celerity of his operations. Promptly at eleven o'clock, on the 6th, the march began; the gunboats moved at the same hour, and shortly before noon attacked the water-batteries, at a distance of six hundred yards. After a severe and rapid fire of an hour and a half, every gun was silenced by the naval force, no vessel receiving serious damage, except the Essex; she was struck in the boiler by a shot which disabled her, killing and wounding twenty-nine men by scalding. Her commanding officer, Porter, was among the wounded. Nineteen soldiers were also injured on the same ship, several of whom afterwards died. The fort surrendered at discretion. Tilghman was captured, with his staff, and sixty men who had been retained to work the heavy guns in the fort. The rest of the garrison had been stationed at the outworks, about two miles off, to avoid the fire of the gunboats; and before the fight began, Tilghman sent them orders to retreat upon Fort Donelson, which they obeyed. Grant's
kansas, to threaten Grenada; and had asked Admiral Porter, commanding the Mississippi squadron, to sovercome, and on the same day that he wrote to Porter, he asked Halleck, from Abbeville: How far souo accomplish the great object in view. . . Ask Porter to cooperate. Telegraph what are your presentn of the gunboat fleet under command of Flag-Officer Porter, proceed to the reduction of that placeemphis, put yourself in communication with Admiral Porter, and arrange with him for his cooperation n, whom he dispatched on the 8th, to Memphis. Porter was informed of the plan, and was requested tomust follow. On the 26th, under convoy of Admiral Porter and his fleet of gunboats, Sherman advanceved his force up the Arkansas, the fleet under Porter accompanying. A naval bombardment, lasting see I had already determined upon pursuing. Admiral Porter told me he had written freely to the Secreindicated to Sherman, to McPherson, and to Admiral Porter the same traits, and those three officers [3 more...]
rman and Admiral Porter proceed to Deer creek Porter gets into danger Sherman rescues the fleet fing of Vicksburg batteries Cooperation of Admiral Porter attack on Grand Gulf failure to silence by's orders, however, were not yet revoked. Porter pushed along with his unwieldy iron-clads, thrthe Rolling Fork. Here, on the 20th of March, Porter was attacked by sharpshooters, to whom his heath rations and forage. The cooperation of Admiral Porter was necessary in this part of the undertak, McClernand resented it as interference. Admiral Porter, after the running of the batteries, also , on that place. But all in vain. Finally, Porter wrote to Sherman, with whom he was intimate, a demonstrated; the enemy also suspended fire. Porter's loss was eighteen killed and fifty-six wound western shore, three miles below Grand Gulf. Porter promptly acquiesced, and that night the gunboarts, while the gunboats which had been left by Porter north of Vicksburg (eight in number), also app[17 more...]
ain for several days. Not only was every barge and tug crowded to its utmost capacity, but the gunboats were offered for the ferriage of artillery and troops, by Porter, who fully appreciated the value of every moment. The Mississippi here is over a mile wide; the distance from De Shroon's to Bruinsburg is six miles. What wasand cavalry escort, to make the necessary arrangements for removing his base of supplies from Bruinsburg to Grand Gulf. He found the naval force in possession, Porter having landed early in the day; but the magazines had been blown up in the night, the cannon buried or spiked, while the garrison had begun its retreat at eight ies. How many wagons have you ferried over the river? How many are still to bring over? What teams have gone back for rations? On the morning of the 3d, Admiral Porter had started with a part of his fleet for the Red river, to cooperate with Banks, and left orders with Captain Owens, the naval officer next in command, to obe
of McArthur's command at Warrenton. Pickets were pushed forward, in the mean time, and positions selected for the artillery. On the 20th, also, Grant sent Admiral Porter word: A gunboat playing on the second water-battery would materially help us; and, at noon of that day, the mortar-fleet took position on the west side of the. Every day's delay, said Grant, enables the enemy to strengthen his defences and increase his chances for receiving aid from outsiders. Grant also wrote to Admiral Porter, on the 21st: I expect to assault the city at ten A. M. to-morrow. I would request and urgently request that you send up the gunboats below the city, and shee enemy, hold as advanced a position as you can secure yourself upon. The mortars were mounted on large rafts and lashed to the further side of the peninsula. Porter kept six of them playing rapidly all night on the town and works, and sent three gunboats to shell the water-batteries and any places where rebel troops could be
ion of a battery of naval guns of larger calibre, loaned him by Admiral Porter. There was nothing like a siege train in all the West, no lighrrangements were made for the battery of ship's guns sent ashore by Porter, and manned and officered by the navy. A line of simple trench runnge. On the 27th of May, in compliance with a request of Grant, Porter sent the iron-clad Cincinnati from above, Lieutenant-Commander Bachestment of the city, if not reenforced before he can get here. Admiral Porter was accordingly requested to direct a brigade of amphibious andder abortive any such attempt at escape as had been described. Admiral Porter was warned, the pickets were redoubled at night, and material w possible, to report any movement of the enemy, and confer with Admiral Porter, that there may be unanimity in your action. To Parke: Certainfterwards rode to the wharf, and exchanged congratulations with Admiral Porter on the flagship, but returned to his old camp at dark. His qua
ht, and Chattanooga the next night. From Nashville, he also telegraphed to Admiral Porter, at Cairo: General Sherman's advance was at Eastport, on the 15th. The sooarried in the arms of his soldiers; telegraphing to Halleck, and to Sherman, to Porter, and to Thomas, and to Burnside, on the way; attending to the supplies, and dirby Grant. He first ordered the stores, on Burnside's demand; then wrote to Admiral Porter for the gunboat convoy; then instructed Burnside when and where to meet thehe Tennessee. These were sent up the river on transports, Grant requesting Admiral Porter to convoy the steamers which conveyed them. During all these campaigns, towed by light-draught steamers, up the Cumberland, to the Big South fork, Admiral Porter promising to send gunboats to convoy them. Every exertion was made to hastd sending him ferry-boats with which to cross the Tennessee, and requesting Admiral Porter to order up gunboats to protect the crossing, but even studying and directi
vestment complete, and delayed until to-morrow, so as to have secured the garrison. I do not now believe, however, that the result would have been any more satisfactory. The gunboats have proved themselves well able to resist a severe cannonading. All the iron-clads received more or less shots — the flag-ship some twenty-eight-without any serious damage to any except the Essex. This vessel received one shot in her boilers that disabled her, killing and wounding some thirty-two men, Captain Porter among the wounded. I shall take and destroy Fort Donelson on the 8th, and return to Fort Henry with the forces employed, unless it looks possible to occupy the place with a small force, that could retreat easily to the main body. I shall regard it more in the light of an advanced grand guard than as a permanent post. For the character of the works at Fort Henry, I will refer you to reports of the engineers, which will be required. Owing to the intolerable state of the roads, no
ou do not want to start, however, without feeling yourself secure in the necessary transportation. U. S. Grant, Major-General. in the field, April 24, 1863. Major-General W. T. Sherman, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps: In company with Admiral Porter I made to-day a reconnoissance of Grand Gulf. My impressions are, that if an attack can be made within the next two days, the place will easily fall. But the difficulties of getting from here (Smith's Plantation) to the river are great. s, but avoid separating your command so that it cannot support itself. The first object is to get a foothold where our troops can maintain themselves until such time as preparations can be made and troops collected for a forward movement. Admiral Porter has proposed to place his boats in the position indicated to you a few days ago, and to bring over with them such troops as may be below the city after the guns of the enemy are silenced. It may be that the enemy will occupy positions back
l McClernand. I had a conversation with Admiral Porter, General McClernand, and General Sherman. e I had already determined upon pursuing. Admiral Porter told me he had written freely to the Secreally. To hem in the enemy on the Yazoo, Admiral Porter has gone into Deer creek by the way of Stes Yazoo pass expedition was yet at Greenwood. Porter and Sherman are attempting to get into the Yaz to be used below, but nothing further. Admiral Porter has returned from his attempt to reach the. I reconnoitred the place yesterday with Admiral Porter and General Sherman. General Halleck tohe Tennessee river. To counteract this, Admiral Porter has consented to send the marine brigade us. In about three nights from this time Admiral Porter will run the Vicksburg batteries, with so e by them in conjunction with a portion of Admiral Porter's fleet, commanded by himself in person. y confidence in succeeding in doing it. Admiral Porter left here this morning for the mouth of Re[11 more...]