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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)
rt Jackson, quelling its fire by pouring in canister, shrapnel, and grape, while the mortars threw in their bombs with great fury. Captain Bailey's division, led by the Cayuga, passed the line of obstructions in close order, but from this point the vessels were somewhat damaged by the heavy fire of St. Philip before it was possible for them to reply. Captain Bailey kept on steadily in the Cayuga and ran the Farragut's fleet proceeding up the Mississippi River past forts Jackson and St. Philip. Porter's mortar flotilla in the foreground (dressed with trees) bombarding Fort Jackson. (from a sketch by Rear-Admiral Walke, U. S. Navy.) gauntlet safely, pouring in a destructive fire of grape and canister as his guns could be brought to bear. Above the forts the enemy's gun-boats were congregated, and several of them made a dash at the Cayuga at once. but were driven off, the Oneida and Varuna coming to her assistance, and, by their rapid and heavy fire, dispersing the opposing
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
honors himself that he could well afford to spare to those who served under him, any that may have been withheld from them by accidental omission or otherwise. He leaves it to posterity to do justice where justice has not been awarded, and therefore we give a piece of history not generally known, and which should be published in authentic form. there was no braver officer in Farragut's fleet than Captain Theodorus Bailey, who led the first division at the passage of forts Jackson and St. Philip. Bailey had that dashing courage which ought to delight the eye of any commander-in-chief, and no man was ever more pleased with the conduct of a subordinate than was Farragut with Bailey all through the several battles, even up to the levee of New Orleans. There, again, Bailey showed the great courage he possessed by volunteering to face a howling mob, and carry Farragut's demands to the mayor of the City for its unconditional surrender. This was more than brave conduct, it was sublime,