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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The First attack on Fort Fisher (search)
d not leave before the 13th, and must go into Beaufort harbor, on the North Carolina coast, to obtain ammunition for his monitors. The 13th being the day fixed for the departure of the fleet, at three o'clock in the morning of that day General Butler sent all the transports but his own ship up the Potomac some distance, where they remained all day. This was to mislead the Confederates, and divert their attention from his real designs. At night they returned and anchored under the lee of Cape Charles. On the following morning the Ben Deford left her moorings at Hampton, joined the fleet of transports, and all went out to sea. As we moved from the wharf a solitary cannon at Fortress Monroe fired a parting salute, and ladies on the ramparts, standing near the great Rodman gun that dwarfed them into dolls, waved an adieu with fluttering white handkerchiefs. The Ben Deford bore Generals Butler, Weitzel and Graham, and their respective staff officers, and Colonel Comstock of General Gran
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
he army waited for the navy, in Hampton Roads, the weather was cold and blustering, but on the 13th it was serene. Fearing that a knowledge, or at least a well-grounded suspicion, of the destination of the armada should reach the enemy, Butler sent the transport fleet up the Potomac, to Matthias Point, at three o'clock on the morning of the 13th, and during the day they were in full view of the Confederate pickets and scouts. That night they returned, and rendezvoused under the lee of Cape Charles. At noon on Wednesday, the 14th, Butler joined them in his flag-ship, the Ben Deford, off Cape Henry, and the whole fleet put to sea. The naval fleet had then been gone about thirty-six hours. This was the most formidable naval armament ever put afloat. It consisted of the following vessels: Malvern (a river or bay steamer), the flag-ship; New Ironsides, Brooklyn, Mohican, Tacony, Kansas, Unadilla, Huron, Pequot, Yantic, Maumee, Pawtuxet, Pontoosuc, Nyack. Ticonderoga, Shenandoah, J
ville, and the other villages are Hadlock and Franktown in the north, Bridgetown at the head of navigation at H/un>unger Creek on the west, and Capeville, near Cape Charles, on the south. The county seat of Accomac is Drummondtown, and the other villages are Horntown, near the mouth of Pocomoke River, on the north; Assawoman and at Watts' Island, Chesapeake Bay, at the entrance of Pocomoke Sound; one at the entrance of Pungoteague Creek; one at the entrance of Occohannack Creek; one at Cape Charles; one on Smith's Island, east of Cape Charles; one on Hog Island, east of Eastville, and one on Piney Island, southeast of Horntown. The objects of the expedCape Charles; one on Hog Island, east of Eastville, and one on Piney Island, southeast of Horntown. The objects of the expedition have been clearly set forth in the proclamation of General Dix. See page 367, Docs., ante. The troops composing the expedition were transported from Baltimore, Md., to the scene of action in steamers. They landed at Newtown, in Somerset County,Md., and marched through to Horntown. Here great numbers of the proclamation
ake on board ammunition for the monitors. The expedition having become the subject of remark, fearing lest its destination should get to the enemy, in order to divert from it all attention, on the morning of Tuesday the 13th, at three o'clock, I ordered the transport fleet to proceed up the Potomac during the day to Matthias Point, so as to be plainly visible to the scouts and signal men of the enemy on the northern neck, and to retrace their course at night and anchor under the lee of Cape Charles. Having given the navy thirty-six hours start, at 12 o'clock noon of the 14th, Wednesday, I joined the transport fleet off Cape Henry, and put to sea, arriving at the place of rendezvous off New Inlet, near Fort Fisher, on the evening of the 15th, Thursday. We there waited for the navy Friday, the 16th, Saturday, the 17th, and Sunday, the 18th, during which days we had the finest possible weather and the smoothest sea. On the evening of the 18th, Admiral Porter came from Beaufort
o Capt. Bennett, for of all the vessels of the fleet at Fortress Monroe the Cossack is the first to move. This trip she is not encumbered with two lumbering tows, but walks the waters with the freedom of a sea-bird. In two hours we have made Cape Charles lightship, which is twenty-five miles from Fortress-Monroe, and here we get our bay pilot, having brought a coast pilot from New-York. Our destination is gradually becoming more defined, and it is freely spoken of that Pamlico Sound is to be ary station there the rendezvous. The sealed orders are at last opened, and we know that we are to pass through Hatteras Inlet. The passage through Hampton Roads was illumined by the rays of the moon, but as we approached the lightship off Cape Charles, we seemed to be pursued by a dense fog, which soon after-wards enveloped us in a damp embrace. The position of the moon was indicated by a lighter shade in the fog to the west of us. As the steamer travelled by the course laid down in the ch
tary of the Navy. Letter to General Butler. flag-ship N. A. B. Squadron, off Newport News, Va., April 9, 1864. General: The vicinity of Smithfield and Chuckatuck are known to be invested by guerillas, who are reported to have boats concealed up those creeks and their tributaries. You are aware that the rebels have an organized system of boat expeditions all along the coast, operating at one time from creeks in Morton and Gloucester counties against the Eastern Shore counties, Cape Charles light-house, &c.; at another time against the gunboat Underwriter at Newbern, and now against this ship here. In all these cases they harbor in the vicinity of their operations. This was explained by your prisoner, Acting Master Webb, of the rebel navy, captured while thus engaged in the Neck counties near Yorktown, where, as in the vicinity of Smithfield, &c., the small creeks are numerous and not accessible to our gunboats. It is believed that the little torpedo-boat which struck thi
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), Naval actions along the shore (search)
the guns of the hostile vessels and the battery at Howlett's house. In the two-hour action after the return of the Onondaga up-stream, five men on the Massasoit were wounded. She was one of the third-class double-ender armored vessels and mounted ten guns. During this action she was commanded by Lieutenant G. W. Sumner, who displayed the utmost coolness and bravery in handling his vessel. The monitor Canonicus The movements of the naval forces on the Atlantic coast south of Cape Charles and Cape Henry, and along the borders of the Gulf States, were primarily to forward the maintenance of a strict blockade, and secondly, to act in cooperation with the various land expeditions in the establishment of naval bases and the convoying of troops intended for inland service. The armed ships of the navy lent their mighty aid in the reduction of the formidable forts that commanded the chief ports of entry. Besides the universal adoption of armor and the recurrence to the ram of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Newport's News. Nomen non Locus. (search)
o be adduced. Rolfe's relation, written in Virginia in 1616, and now in the British Museum in the original manuscript, and sent by Rolfe to the Company in London in 1616, has, among others, the following statement: The places which are now possessed and inhabited are sixe, 1st. Henrico and the lymitts, 2d. Bermuda Nether Hundreds, 3d. West and Shirley Hundreds, 4th. James Towne, 5th. Kequoughtan [now, 1882, Hampton], 6th. Dale's Gift; upon the sea neere unto Cape Charles; and Rolfe states that 351 persons composed at that time the entire population of the Colony. The first legislative, representative body that was ever convened in Virginia, was organized on 30th July, 1619, at Jamestown. All the settlements in the Colony, then eleven in number, were represented in that body, each settlement by two burgesses. I have the names of the eleven settlements now before me, but to economize space I do not here give them. Suffice it to say, that the name New
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
Milan decrees, to take effect after......Nov. 1, 1810 Third session convenes......Dec. 3, 1810 Recharter of the United States Bank passed by the House, 65 to 64; fails in the Senate, 17 to 17, by the casting vote of the president of the Senate, George Clinton......Feb. 20, 1811 Eleventh Congress adjourns......March 3, 1811 President, United States frigate, forty-four guns, Com. John Rodgers commanding, meets the British sloop-of-war Little Belt in lat. 37°, about 40 miles off Cape Charles......May 16, 1811 Twelfth Congress, first session, convenes......Nov. 4, 1811 Gen. William H. Harrison defeats the Indians under the Prophet at Tippecanoe, within the present State of Indiana......Nov. 7, 1811 Brig.-Gen. James Wilkinson is tried by a general court-martial, convened at Fredericktown, Md., Sept. 2, and acquitted......Dec. 25, 1811 Theatre at Richmond burned; the governor and many eminent citizens perish (Virginia)......December, 1811 Case of John Henry and
is one of the modes of varying the appearance, so that a mariner may be able to distinguish one light from another when coming near land on a coast where the number of lights is considerable; as, for instance, the three kinds on Cape Henry and Cape Charles, at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, and at Hog Island, on the coast of Northampton County, Virginia, about thirty miles north of Cape Charles. Lights are distinguished as — Fixed.Flashing. Revolving.Colored. Intermittent.Double. ThesCape Charles. Lights are distinguished as — Fixed.Flashing. Revolving.Colored. Intermittent.Double. These are variously combined, as: revolving white; revolving red and white; revolving red and two whites; double fixed; double revolving, etc., etc. See light ; lighthouse. See Lighthouses, their construction and illumination, by Allan Stevenson; Weale's Series, No. 47. Flash-pipe. A mode of lighting gas by means of a supplementary pipe pierced with numerous small holes throughout its length. The flash-pipe reaches from the burner to a position within reach of a person, and is provided with a
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