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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—the naval war. (search)
ith a few Massachusetts battalions on a small sandy islet called Ship Island, situated at the entrance of Lake Borgne. As this bay extends t Butler's troops were impatiently waiting on the sandy shores of Ship Island for the moment when they might penetrate into the passes which litants of New Orleans as a sea-bathing resort, situated opposite Ship Island. But on his return he was treacherously attacked by parties lyiots, and, after having again taken the men on board, returned to Ship Island. Finally, on the very day when, as we shall see presently, Farr, and it was only after being one month at sea that he landed at Ship Island, where he found himself at the head of thirteen thousand seven htart until the 17th of April, while Butler, who had arrived from Ship Island with nine thousand men, was waiting for the issue of the conflicsecuring these easy conquests. Whilst Porter was taking back to Ship Island his mortars, which were supposed to be no longer needed on the M
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
28th some bold partisans, acting under his instructions, destroyed the lighthouse situated at the entrance of the pass, at the point called the Peninsula of Bolivar, which faces the island of Galveston. In the mean while, a naval division conveying Governor M. Hamilton, with the reinforcements promised by Banks and the necessary provisions, had left New Orleans between the 25th and the 29th of December. Unfortunately, a portion of the ships, with one of the regiments, touched first at Ship Island, and the progress of the others was so slow that only one of them, the Saxon, reached Galveston before the 31st of December, with three hundred men of the Forty-first Massachusetts on board. The latter were at once landed; and not wishing to lose the protection of the gun-boats, they encamped upon the very pier of Galveston. It was feared to scatter them about the town, which thus remained unoccupied and without surveillance, while the railroad bridge enabled Magruder to communicate ope
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), chapter 8 (search)
ecuring arms for the Southern insurrection, and that an untoward coincidence alone brought about that result. Unfortunately, there is another order of the same character on file, which, although never executed, constitutes, from its date, a still more serious charge against him, and which, taken in connection with the first, greatly aggravates it. This is an order issued December 20, 1860, in which Mr. Floyd directed forty columbiads and four thirty-two-pounders to be sent to the fort on Ship Island, and seventy-one columbiads with seven thirty-two-pounders to Galveston. These one hundred and twenty-two guns of heavy calibre were intended for forts which at that period were yet unfinished, whose armament, therefore, was not justified by any existing circumstances. The order was issued when the secession of several States was already an accomplished fact, and the Secretary of War selected the very moment for its signature when the respected chief of the Ordnance Bureau, Colonel Crai