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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)
gly garrisoned, and covered by a fleet of three gunboats, under Capt. Tatnall, late of the U. S. Navy, besides strong land forces, which the opened their batteries upon two or three rebel steamers under Commodore Tatnall, instantly chasing him under the shelter of the batteries. Iation, and driving away the squadron of rebel steamers, under Commander Tatnall. The reconnoissance of yesterday made all satisfied with t forts. I had a flanking division of five ships to watch, and old Tatnall too, who had eight small and swift steamers ready to pounce upon aaway their watches and letters. Among the letters was one from Josiah Tatnall, apprising them of the departure of our fleet, the number of thPort Royal entrance. About four o'clock on Monday afternoon, Commodore Tatnall, with his musketo fleet, ran out from the harbor and made the almost immediately. After an exchange of some twenty shots, Commodore Tatnall retired, and was not pursued. About seven o'clock on Tuesd
he stream. These steamers, as afterward proved, were part of a squadron, numbering eight vessels, under command of Commodore Tatnall, formerly of the United States Navy. A few well-directed shots from some of our ships, convinced them that it was ate in this connection, as pertinent to the subject, that a letter was subsequently discovered at Hilton Head, from Commodore Tatnall to the garrison officers, declaring in very decisive and valorous terms, that he would defend them to the last, or a few rods to the where the rebel standard had waved during the combat, and whence it had just been taken down. Commodore Tatnall and his gunboats disappeared in the early part of the engagement. He sent a few shots toward the fleet, but as usumodore. He would have been an interesting prisoner. Among the papers found in the secessionist garrison was one from Mr. Tatnall, in which he promised emphatically to General Drayton, who commanded the rebel forces, that his gunboats should be bro
; and the Seneca, Capt. Ammen--but no doubt will have other vessels sent here and also a strong garrison, as soon as Flag-officer Dupont and Gen. Sherman are advised of the capture. We hear, upon what we consider reliable authority, that Commodore Tatnall says the rebels must abandon all their coast defences, for after the sample of firing at Hilton Head by our fleet, nothing they have erected can stand before it. The abandonment of their strong works on Tybee Island may be considered as smaller one that comes and goes constantly between them and a squadron of three vessels lying outside. The United States flag is flying from the light-house, and also from a flagstaff in the old parade-ground formerly used by our troops. Commodore Tatnall, with a portion of the mosquito fleet, is lying about the fort, no doubt chafing under the restraint his limited means impose. The enemy have established their pickets all around Tybee, as far up as King's Landing. The general impressio
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 224. expedition to Ossabaw, Ga. (search)
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 for getting under weigh, and in a few moments she had her anchor up and steamed out of the harbor. The Seneca followed, her and we (the Pembina) took our position astern of her, the Mary Andrews bringing up the rear, in line. Daylight found us at sea, standing south, and at about eight o'cl