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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
e bank in his neighborhood, fitted out an expedition of twenty men under command of Chief Engineer Thomas Doughty. The party, after incredible labor, forcing their way through the thick undergrowth and vines, surprised the steamer lying at the bank and captured her. A few moments later Mr. Doughty caught sight of another steamer, which he also captured in a similar manner, and besides her crew found himself in possession of nine Confederate soldiers, commanded by an aide to General ( Dick ) Taylor. The aide had been sent up for the Fulton, a remarkably fine vessel, to transport some troops across Atchafalia Bay. The other steamer was filled with military stores. There was an impassable shoal across the Red River at that time, and as Chief Engineer Doughty could not take the steamers out of the river he burned them with all their stores, and returned safely to his vessel. These steamers were a great loss to the Confederates in that quarter as their means of transporting troops an
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
se of his country can be advanced by his removal. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, S. F. Dupont, Rear-Admiral, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington. Captain (now Rear-Admiral) Wm. Rogers Taylor. After the attack on Charleston, Rear-Admiral Dupont returned to Fort Royal and the blockade continued as before with the wooden gun-boats. In the latter part of April, Major-General Hunter applied for a gun-boat to assist a land for, J. H. Pynchon; Acting-Master, B. W. Loring; Acting-Ensigns, J. C. Cox and Stephen Balles; Engineers: Second-Assistants, J. H. Bailey and David Hardie; Third-Assistants, H. W. Merian and Augustus Mitchell. Steam-Sloop Housatonic. Captain, Wm. Rogers Taylor; Lieutenants, M. S. Stuyvesant and E. T. Brower; Surgeon, S. F. Coues; Assistant Paymaster, J. S. Woolson, Acting-Masters, J. W. Congdon and J. K. Crosby; Acting Ensign, Weston Gregory, Acting-Master's Mates, C. D. Bordman, E. A. Butler
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
gained, but the supports recoiled under the fire to which they were exposed, and could not be got forward. The loss of the army was about one hundred and fifty in killed, wounded and prisoners. In the morning they captured in the defences of the enemy eleven pieces of heavy ordnance and a large quantity of camp equipage. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren issued his first general order, thanking the commanders, officers and crews of the Monitors, and the members of his personal staff: Fleet-Captain William Rogers Taylor, Flag-Lieutenant S. W. Preston, and Ensign La Rue P. Adams, for the zealous and efficient manner in which they had performed their duties during the attacks of the 10th and 11th of July; also the ordnance officer, Lieutenant-Commander O. C. Badger, for the systematic promptness with which he had supplied the iron-clads with all requisite ordnance stores. This battle was a strong endorsement of Rear-Admiral DuPont's opinion regarding another attack on the enemy's works. Wit
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
mmediately. She had a number of negroes on board who had fled from Grand Ecore, but they were all killed, many of them shot while struggling in the water. General Taylor told the Admiral, after the war, that he was present and in command on this occasion, and, besides three batteries of artillery, he had three thousand infantrg their fire into the vessels all the time. The Admiral reproached the General for his want of courtesy in shooting at him as he passed along the upper deck, but Taylor assured him that he ordered the firing to cease the moment he recognized the Admiral. If this was so, and amid all the noise and confusion, no one could pretend to recollect the exact circumstances of the case, the Admiral must attribute it to the chivalric feeling in General Taylor's breast towards one with whom he had been intimate in the days when the South did not dream of shedding Northern blood. When Lieutenant-Commander Phelps saw the difficulties ahead, he steamed down in the
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
eir commanders. Having so well performed their part in reducing these formidable works to a condition where they could be easily taken possession of, they are entitled to all the credit they have so well earned: Minnesota, Commodore Joseph Lauman; Mohican, Commander D. Ammen; Colorado, Commodore H. K. Thatcher; Tuscarora, Commander J. M. Frailey; Wabash, Captain M. Smith; Susquehanna, Commodore S. W. Godon; Brooklyn, Captain James Alden; Powhatan, Commodore J. F. Schenck; Juniata, Captain W. R. Taylor; Kansas, Lieutenant-Commander P. G. Watmough; Yantic, Lieutenant-Commander T. C. Harris; Maumee, Lieutenant-Commander R. Chandler; Mackinaw, Commander J. C. Beaumont; Ticonderoga, Captain C. Steedman; Pawtucket, Commander J. H. Spotts; Shenandoah, Captain D. B. Ridgely; Seneca, Lieutenant-Commander M. Sicard; New Ironsides, Commodore William Radford; Monadnock, Commander E. G. Parrott; Canonicus, Lieutenant-Commander George E. Belknap; Mahopac, Lieutenant-Commander E. E. Potter; Saugu
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
Acting-Master's Mates, F. B. Atkinson, Edw. Thompson, J. B. Strout, E. P. Pope and Edw. Kearns; Engineers: Acting-Chief, John Germain; Acting-First-Assistant, W. H. Golden; Acting-Second-Assistants, William Welles and A. Williams; Acting-Third-Assistants, John Hyslop, Martin Glennon, George Germain, John O'Neil, William Wright and W. H. Garrison; Boatswain, Jasper Coghlan; Gunner, George Sirian; Carpenter, T. H. Bishop; Captain's Clerk, John S. Stodder. *Juniata--Second-rate. Captain, William R. Taylor; Lieutenant-Commander, Thomas S. Phelps, (commanded at Fort Fisher; Lieutenant, F. V. McNair; Surgeon, A. C. Gorgas; Paymaster, Caspar Schenck; Acting-Master, C. H. Hamilton; Ensign, Charles McGregor; Acting Ensigns, W. D. Price and S. S. Bissell; Acting-Master's Mates, Lewis Goeltze, W. F. Warnick and G. H. Prescott; Engineers: Chief, J. Follansbee; Acting-First Assistant, J. E. Fox; Second-Assistants, J. Van Hovenbury and John Everding; Third-Assistants, Everett Battelle and F. C
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
om Commodore Ebenezer Farrand, commanding the Confederate naval forces in Mobile waters, to surrender his ships, officers, men and public property generally, and desiring a meeting with the Admiral to arrange the terms. The two commanders met at Citronelle, a point about thirty-five miles above Mobile, and the surrender was agreed upon and accepted on the same basis and terms as were granted by General Grant to General Lee, by General Sherman to General Johnston, and by General Canby to General Taylor, which last surrender was made at the same place and time. The day previous to the receipt of the proposal for surrender, Rear-Admiral Thatcher had made preparations for attacking the Confederate vessels in the Tombigbee, and the attack would have undoubtedly been made had Commodore Farrand delayed his surrender a day longer. As a matter of record, and as an interesting episode sode of the war, the conditions of the surrender are herewith inserted, with accompanying papers, which wil
ectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Rear Admiral Commanding West Gulf Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington. Acting Master Crocker's report. U. S. Steamer Kensington, Pensacola Bay, October 24, 1862. sir: In continuation of my reports from Sabine Pass, sent by the prize schooners Adventure and West Florida I have the honor now to state that on the thirteenth instant I sent the Kensington on her way to the Rio Grande, under command of Acting Master Taylor, there to water the Albatross, in obedience to your orders, and also to water the other vessels blockading on the Texan coast. The next day I commenced to prepare an expedition to destroy the large railroad bridge at Taylor's Bayou. The expedition I had before sent, under command of Acting Master Pennington, of the mortar-schooner Henry Jones, having failed, at which the newspapers above exulted, while the enemy's troops immediately occupied it, and between two and three hundred m
hot, letting fall the colors, when the enemy made a desperate effort to get it, but a portion of the Nineteenth rallied, and getting possession of it, carried it off the field with them. In making out this report it is with pleasure I can say the officers and men behaved nobly and fought desperately, as if the fate of the battle depended on them alone. I will mention especially Capt. Roderick, of Co. K, whom I left in charge of some scattered troops, also Capt. Richmond, of Co. H, and Capt. Taylor, of Co. G; also Lieut. Brooks, of Co. I, who brought the colors off the field, and in doing so was badly wounded. Others are equally meritorious, but are too numerous to mention at present. The report of the detachment of skirmishers I give to you as received. To Major Kent, Commanding Nineteenth Regiment Iowa Volunteers: sir: Having been ordered to take command of the three companies of skirmishers on the seventh, the day of battle, I advanced them to the right of battery E, of t
d many other field-officers, will live in our country's history, as will those of many others of inferior rank, whose soldierly deeds on this memorable battle-field won for them the admiration of their companions, and will dwell in our memories in long future years after God in his mercy shall have given us peace and restored us to the bosom of our homes and families. Simple justice to the gallant officers of my staff — the noble and lamented Lieut.-Colonel Garesche, Chief of Staff; Lieut.-Col. Taylor, Chief Quartermaster; Lieut.-Col. Simmons, Chief Commissary; Major C. Goddard, Senior Aid-dc-Camp; Major Ralston Skinner, Judge Advocate-General; Lieut. Frank S. Bomb, A. D.C. of Gen. Tyler; Captain Charles R. Thompson, my Aid-de-Camp; Lieut. Byron Kirby, Sixth United States infantry, A. D.C., who was wounded on the thirty-first; R. S. Thorn, Esq., a member of the Cincinnati cavalry, who acted as volunteer Aid-de-Camp, behaved with distinguished gallantry; Colonel Barnett, Chief of Art
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