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rebel fleet, consisting of six gunboats, the battering ram Manassas, and a large number of fire-ships, which filled the river from shore to shore. The United States fleet consisted of the steamers Richmond, Huntsville, Water-Witch, sloops-of-war Preble and Vincennes, and storeship Nightingale. The fleet when attacked, were at anchor inside of the Pass. The ram Manassas came down and drifted foul of the Richmond, knocking a hole in her quarter and stern, doing but little damage. To avoid the fire ships the squadron immediately got under way and drifted down the river. The Richmond, Preble, and Vincennes got ashore on the bar, (the Nightingale also went ashore,) and while ashore were attacked by the rebels but without doing any damage to the vessels, or to life. But one shot took effect, and that struck the Richmond on the quarter. They were beaten off by the Vincennes with two guns, she having thrown overboard the rest of her armament, with her chains, anchors, &c., to lighten he
September 20. Commander George Henry Preble, senior officer in command of the blockading squadron off Mobile, having permitted the steamer Oreto to run the blockade, was this day dismissed the naval service of the United States.--The correspondence between General Butler and General Phelps relative to the contraband negro question in Louisiana, was this day made public by General Phelps. Yesterday a skirmish occurred near Owensboro, Ky., between a force of Union troops under the command of Colonel Netter, and a large body of rebel guerrillas. At the first fire Colonel Netter was killed, when the Nationals retired, permitting the rebels to ride through and through the town. To-day the guerrillas were attacked near the town by about four hundred and fifty of the Spencer (Ind.) home guards, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Wood, First Indiana cavalry, and routed with great loss. The home guard had two men killed and eighteen wounded. A fight took place near S
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)
seems inexcusable. By the middle of March, the following ships, assigned to Farragut's command, had assembled at Key West, the rendezvous: Hartford, 25 guns, Com. Richard Wainwright; Brooklyn, 24 guns, Capt. T. T. Craven; Richmond, 26 guns, Com. James Alden; Mississippi, 12 guns, Com. Melancton Smith; Pensacola, 24 guns. Capt. H. W. Morris; Cayuga, 6 guns, Lieut. Com. N. B. Harrison; Oneida, 9 guns, Com. S. P. Lee; Varuna, 10 guns, Corn. Charles S. Boggs; Katahdin, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. George H. Preble; Kineo, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. George M. Ransom; Wissahickon, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. A. N. Smith; Winona, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. E. T. Nichols; Itasca, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. C. H. B. Caldwell; Pinola, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. Pierce Crosby; Kennebec, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. John H. Russell; Iroquois, 9 guns, Com. John De Camp; Sciota, 4 guns, Lieut. Com. Edward Donaldson. Total guns, 177. Also the following steamers belonging to the mortar flotilla: Harriet Lane, Owasco. Clifton, Westfield, Miami
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
Harrison, bearing flag, and leading the Pensacola, Capt. Morris; the Mississippi, Com. M. Smith; Oneida, Com. S. P. Lee; Varuna, Com. C. S. Boggs; Katahdin, Lieut. Com. Preble; Kineo, Lieut. Com. Ransom; and the Wissahickon, Lieut. Com. A. N. Smith. The column of the blue was formed on the left, heading up the river, and consistelly, etc., Edward T. Nichols, Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Blockading Squadron, New Orleans. Report of Lieutenant-Commander Geo. H. Preble, United States gunboat Katahdin. United States Gun-Boat Katahdin, At anchor off New Orleans, April 30, 1862. Sir — It gives me pleasure to ch has attended this running of the forts, beyond a doubt the most brilliant and daring achievement of the war. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Geo. Henry Preble, Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. Report of Lieutenant-Commander C. H. B. Caldwell, Unite
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
E. E. Roberts and L. W. Robinson; Acting-Masters' Mates, J. D. Ellis, J. W. Merriman, J. W. Page and H. E. Tinkham. Steamer Kineo. Lieutenant-Commander, Geo. M. Ransom; Acting-Masters, Oliver Colbourn and John Whitmore; Assistant Surgeon, O. S. Oberly; Second-Assistant Engineer, S. W. Cragg; Third-Assistant Engineers, C. F. Hollingsworth, C. J. McConnell and James Manghlin; Acting-Masters' Mates, John Bartol, W. H. Davis, G. A. Faunce and W. S. Keen. Steamer Katahdin. Commander, George H. Preble; Lieutenant, Nathaniel Green; Acting-Masters, George Harris and W. H. Pollup; Assistant Surgeon, S. Robinson; Second-Assistant Engineer, T. M. Dukehart; Third-Assistant Engineers, Wm. J. Reid, W. W. Heaton and John McIntyre; Acting-Masters' Mates, A. Hartshorn, Geo. Leonard, J. W. Thode and A. Whiting. Steamer Mississippi. Commander, Melancton Smith; Lieutenants, Thos. McK. Buchanan and George Dewey; Acting-Masters, C. T. Chase, F. E. Ellis, F. T. King and George Munday; Mi
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)
fle on the forecastle. Every shot was deliberately aimed at one or the other of the batteries. In consequence of the position assigned us, and the number of vessels engaged, it was impossible to fire rapidly without firing into or over, and endangering other vessels of the squadron and the steamers and schooners of the mortar flotilla. The vessel had to be manoeuvred to fire every shot. We were three hours under the fire of the batteries. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Geo. H. Preble, Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, United States Flag-ship Hartford, above Vicksburg. United States Gun-Boat, Kennebec, Below Vicksburg, Mississippi, June 29, 1862. Sir — In obedience to your order of the 29th, I have the honor to make my report of the attack on Vicksburg and my reason for not following you up the river; also the casualties that have occurred on board this vessel. My position was in the rear of t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
med the character of an English ship-of-war. The moment the Florida was seen by the blockaders, as she stood boldly in, two of these vessels got underway and stood towards her. The blockading force was at this time under the command of Commander George H. Preble, in the Oneida, a prudent, careful officer, who tried hard not to commit any mistakes; but on this occasion he was too careful not to compromise his Government by attacking an English man-of-war, as he supposed the Florida was, from the, Win. H. Rutherford; Second-Assistants, Geo. W. Melville, M. Knapp and Edmund Lincoln; Third-Assistants, H. D. McEwen, R. S. Stedman and J. A. Barton; Boatswain, John Burrows; Acting-Gunner, John Russell. Sloop-of-war St. Louis. Commander, George H. Preble; Lieutenant Wm. F. Stewart; Surgeon, A. L. Gihon ; Assistant-Surgeon, F. B. A. Lewis; Paymaster, J. S. Post; First-Lieutenant-of-Marines, W. J. Squires; Acting-Masters, J. N. Rowe, Geo. Cables and Allan Hoxie; Acting-Ensign, Hazard Mar
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
ther gun-boats. The troops were somewhat later in arriving, but finally the transports were seen coming up the river, and in half an hour afterwards two batteries of naval howitzers and nine companies of seamen and marines were landed under Commander Preble, and advanced in skirmishing order, to cover the landing of the troops, Admiral Dahlgren returning to his duty afloat. After General Foster had landed all his soldiers, an advance was made towards the railroad above Grahamsville. The Conon, W. J. Burge; Engineers: Second-Assistant, I. R. McNary; Acting-Second-Assistant, Campbell McEwen; Acting-Third-Assistants, Lory Bennett, Theodore Scudder and H. A. Chase; Acting-Gunner, J. H. Pennington. St. Louis--Third-rate. Commander, Geo. H. Preble; Lieutenant, Wm. F. Stewart; Acting-Master, S. W. Hadley; Acting-Ensigns, Hazard Marsh, Henry Pease, Jr., S. S. Minor and Fred. Wood; Acting-Master's Mate, F. L. Bryan; Passed Assistant Surgeon, J. H. Macomber; Paymaster, J. S. Post; Ac
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
00 483 40 2,926 60 Washington Feb. 29, 1864 Ladona. Schooner Alma 4,232 60 595 85 3,136 75 do July 28, 1864 Seneca. Schooner Annie B 4,547 98 621 08 3,926 90 Key West. June 4, 1864 Wanderer. Schooner Ascension 5,448 93 716 89 4,732 04 do Feb. 29, 1864 Huntsville. Schooner Avon 4,251 11 850 37 3,400 74 do Feb. 29, 1864 Tioga Sloop Angelina 2,793 15 905 23 1,887 92 New York Feb. 29, 1864 Courier. Steamer Ann 53,071 12 5,736 95 47,334 17 do Feb. 29, 1864 Susquehanna, Kanawha, Preble. Boat Alligator 119 90 118 35 1 55 Key West   Tahoma, Julia. Boat Anna Maria 5,002 12 662 21 4,339 91 do Feb. 29, 1864 Fort Henry. Schooner A. J. Hodge 2,120 39 327 57 1,792 82 do Mar. 17, 1864 Huntsville. Schooner Arctic 3,410 00 483 45 2,926 60 Washington Feb. 29, 1864 Ladona. Schooner Albert 11,434 08 3,237 02 8,197 06 New York Mar. 17, 1864 Huron. Schooner Anna 2,530 67 351 80 2,178 87 Key West Mar. 17, 1864 Fort Henry. Schooner Ann 3,299 40 308 22 2,991 18 do Mar. 1
Doc. 92.-escape of the Florida. Report of Commander Preble. United States sloop-of-war St. Louis, Funchal roads, Madeira, March 1, 1 1/2 A. M., 1864. sir: The Florida has succeeded in getting to sea. I shall follow at once, though hopeless of catching her out of port. Nelson said, the want of frigates in his squadron would be found impressed on his heart. I am sure the want of steam will be found engraven on mine. Had the St. Louis been a steamer, I would have anchored alongsidey men have been wild to fight, and I drew the shot from my guns the day she came in, fearing that in their excitement they would fire into her without orders, and break the neutrality of this port. One thing is certain, the Florida does not intend to fight unless the chances are largely in her favor, for she skulked away from the old St. Louis. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Geo. Henry Preble, Commander U. S. N. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
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