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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
arfare. But there are many things we cannot account for — we received humiliation at first to teach us not to underrate an enemy. Providence came to our assistance in our emergency with Ericsson's nondescript, to show what skill and enterprise could do in behalf of the Union. As the Monitor of Ericsson approached completion the Navy Department hurried the work on learning that the Merrimac was further advanced than they had supposed. This was in consequence of the fact that Commander D. D. Porter had been sent to New York to examine the vessel, and report his opinion as to her capacity to deal with an enemy. After a thorough examination of all the details of the vessel, Commander Porter telegraphed to the Navy Department: This is the strongest fighting vessel in the world, and can whip anything afloat. But when he returned to Washington a few days after he was laughed at by a high official, and a clever one at that: Why, man, he said, John Lenthall predicts that Ericsson's
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)
rosby--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 fleet, as far as heard from, in the passing vessels, were seven killed and thirty wounded. Commander Porter reports eight killed and ten or twelve wounded; but that was not his official report, probaightly; Clarence Miller, ship steward, severely. Returns have not yet been received from Captain Porter's mortar flotilla, and that portion of the fleet below Vicksburg. I am, very respectfullyd, above Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 7, 1862. Sir — I herewith forward the report of Commander D. D. Porter of his operations since the receipt of his orders to join me at Vicksburg up to date, ane shots which caused the death of his brave men. But, as I stated in my last communication, Commander Porter's service has been hard upon his officers and crew, though they have performed it well, wil