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his entire army. The (Yankee) rebel gunboat evidently tried to decoy our gunboats under the masked batteries, from the fact that her shots fell short, and that she has an eighty-four-pounder on board, of longer range than any of ours. Commodore Rodgers did not deem it prudent to run these batteries on land, and to engage her, for several reasons, viz.: The force of the land batteries was not known; the artillery of the rebel forces was not known; not expecting an engagement he had only eiries, but endeavored to coax the Yankee outside of their fire, where he could have a fare shake at her. He ran up a short distance for that purpose, the Yankee following until she came to the land battery, where she stopped under its guns. Commodore Rodgers then ran up with his two boats. At Columbus, at the upper part of the town, they were fired on from the bluff by rebels with muskets. Several balls struck the sides of the boats, and one went through the commander's gig. A couple of shell
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 36. battle of Port Royal, S. C. Fought November 7, 1861. (search)
ound, sounded out, and buoyed. By three o'clock I received assurances from Captain Davis that I could send forward the lighter transports, those under eighteen feet, with all the gunboats, which was immediately done, and before dark they were securely anchored in the roadstead of Port Royal, S. C. The gunboats almost immediately opened their batteries upon two or three rebel steamers under Commodore Tatnall, instantly chasing him under the shelter of the batteries. In the morning Commander John Rodgers, of the U. S. steamer Flag, temporarily on board this ship, and acting on my staff, accompanied Brigadier-General Wright in the gunboat Octavia, Lieutenant-Commanding Stevens, and supported by the Seneca, Lieutenant-Commanding Nicholson, made a reconnoissance in force, and drew the fire of the batteries on Hilton Head and Bay Point sufficiently to show that the fortifications Plan of the battle of Port Royal, S. C. The draft of this plan was made by G. C. Plicque, of the engine
received confirmation of the tidings from other sources, and even while listening to the words of the messenger, the rebels struck their flag. The signal to cease firing was at once hoisted, and it being precisely a quarter to three o'clock, the bombardment had been nearly five hours in progress. The flag-ship lowered a boat and sent it ashore, carrying a flag of truce in the bow, and our own proud banner at the stern. Its mission was to inquire if the enemy had surrendered. Commander John Rodgers, a passenger on the Wabash, who had come down to join his vessel, the Flag, now blockading off Charleston, and had been acting during the fight as aid to Commodore Dupont, was assigned the duty of taking the flag ashore. Himself and crew were unarmed, but they found no one to receive them. He planted the American ensign upon the deserted ramparts, and took possession of the rebel soil of South Carolina in the majesty of the United States. Another and larger Star-Spangled banner wa
the State of Georgia. As soon as the serious injury to the boilers of the Flag had been repaired, I despatched Commander John Rodgers to Tybee entrance, the mouth of Savannah River, to report to Commander Missroon, the senior officer, for a prelimhe determination of the most suitable place for sinking the proposed obstructions to the navigation of the river. Captain Rodgers was instructed to push his reconnaissance so far as to form an approximate estimate of the force on Tybee Island, an U. S. Ship Pocahontas, at the anchorage, Savannah harbor, Tybee Island, Nov. 24, 1861. The steamer Flag, Commander John Rodgers, was despatched by Flag-officer Dupont to reconnoitre this. point and ascertain the position and strength of thethout our permission during the remainder of the war. We now hold the harbor with the three steamers — the Flag, Commander Rodgers; the Pocahontas, Capt. Balch; and the Seneca, Capt. Ammen--but no doubt will have other vessels sent here and also
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 224. expedition to Ossabaw, Ga. (search)
sions. As we shall need in a few days the services of every light draught vessel in the fleet for an important expedition, of a military as well as naval character, the gunboats were not to risk an engagement and not to fire a shot unless actually necessary. The accommodations on the Ottawa being rather cramped, on account of the large number of guests, your special accepted Captain Bankhead's courteous invitation, and went on board with him to his vessel — the Pembina — calling on Commander John Rodgers, of the Flag, on our way, who set before us some good cheer. As it is desirable not to afford the rebels a too conspicuous mark for their artillery, all the lights were out in the harbor; but the moon-light was so strong that each hull was brought out quite distinctly. Commodore Tatnall, having already enjoyed a taste of our metal, keeps safely out of our way and troubles not our fleet. At four o'clock this morning three white lights were displayed from the Ottawa, as a signal f