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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
and his contemporaries. Whether Captain Smith benefitted by the directions so liberally showered upon him will appear when we chronicle his adventures in the sounds of North Carolina. The following vessels, arranged in the order given, off Edenton Bay, were under Captain Smith's command: Miami, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Charles A. French. Ceres, Acting-Master H. H. Foster. Commodore Hull, Act.-Master Francis Josselyn. Seymour. Second line. Mattabesett, Commander J. G. FeThe Miami was fitted with a torpedo to explode against the side of the ram, if opportunity offered. At 1 o'clock P. M. on the 5th of May, the Miami, Commodore Hull, Ceres and army transport Trumpeter got underway from the picket station off Edenton Bay, bound to the mouth of the Roanoke River, for the purpose of laying down torpedoes. Within a short distance of the buoy, at the mouth of the river, the Albemarle was discovered coming down, accompanied by the steamers Cotton plant and Bombshe
nding. Captain Melancton Smith, U. S. N., Senior Officer, Sounds of North Carolina. Report of Lieut. Charles A. French. United States steamer Miami, off mouth of Roanoke River, N. C., May 6, 1864. Sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the engagement with the rebel iron-clad ram Albemarle, and Bombshell. Yesterday, at one P. M., I got under way, in company with the Commodore Hull, Ceres, and army transport Trumpeter, and proceeded from our picket station, off Edenton Bay, across to the mouth of the Roanoke, for the purpose of putting down torpedoes. When within a short distance of the buoy at the mouth of the river, the rebel ram Albemarle was discovered coming down the river, accompanied by the Cotton Plant and Bombshell, the last two steamers laden with troops. I immediately despatched the Trumpeter to give you the earliest notice of their appearance. The vessels under my command were ordered to steam in line slowly down the sound, at such a distance
will be seen that the enemy had complete control of the Roanoke River, within a very few hours of the time I received General Wessels' despatch of Sunday night, the seventeenth instant. On the reception of these despatches, which were very favorable, steamers were despatched with such available infantry as General Palmer could spare, together with supplies of ammunition for the Army and Navy at Plymouth, These steamers were detained in the Albemarle Sound by the gunboats, then lying in Edenton Bay, which had escaped from the iron-clad at Plymouth. In my judgment the non-arrival of the infantry at Plymouth, is most fortunate, as they, together with the steamers, beyond doubt, would have fallen into the hands of the enemy. A steamer with despatches was promptly sent to General Harland, commanding at Little Washington, notifying him of the state of affairs at Plymouth. He was also requested to send down such surplus troops as he might have, to be used at such points as might seem
Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 9: reduction of Newbern—the Albemarle. (search)
o explode her torpedo at any moment she may have the advantage, or a favorable opportunity. Ramming may be resorted to, but the peculiar construction of the sterns of the double-enders will render this a matter of serious consideration with their commanders, who may be at liberty to use their judgment as to the propriety of this course when a chance shall present itself. On May 5th at 1 P. M. the Miami, Commodore Hull, Ceres, and army transport Trumpeter left their picket station off Edenton Bay for the mouth of Roanoke River to lay several torpedoes within it. When near the buoy at the mouth of the river, the Albemarle was seen coming out with the Cotton Plant, having troops on board, and towing a number of launches or scows, and the Bombshell, as afterward known, laden with provisions and coal, and having on board thirty-three persons including the crew; the Bombshell had received injuries from shells above Plymouth on the 18th, and reaching that place had sunk. After the e
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina a town of 600 pop., at the head of Edenton Bay, which opens into Albemarle Sound. A place of considerable commercial importance.
into Pamlico river, at the head of navigation for sea-going craft, and forty miles from the Sound. No large vessel can can reach it, the water not being sufficiently deep. On the north Pamlico connects with Albemarle Sound, which is sixty miles long from east to west, and from four to fifteen miles wide. It receives the waters of Roanoke and Chowan rivers, and communicates with the Chesapeake bay by the Dismal Swamp canal. Edenton is situated near the mouth of Chowan river, on Edenton bay, which sets up from the Albemarle Sound. It is sixty-six mile from Norfolk. The Orleans river is formed by the union of the Northway and Meherrin rivers, which rise in Virginia and unite above Winton, N. C. and flowing S. S. E., it enters Albemarle Sound by a wide estuary a little south of the mouth of the Roanoke. It is navigable for small sail vessels to Murfreesborough, on the Meherrin branch, about 75 miles from the ocean. Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is on the Pasquota
The Daily Dispatch: February 20, 1862., [Electronic resource], To the soldiers from South Carolina in the army of the Potomac. (search)
The enemy in Edenton bay. Col. Wm. J. Clark, of the 24th Regiment North Carolina State Troops, writes us that on the night of the 18th instant he received intelligence, by a courier from Winton, on Chowan river, that five of the enemy's ves were in Edenton bay, but that they were making no attempt to land. From the same source, we have a contradiction of the report that an attempt had been made to burn Weldon bridge. Colonel Clarke says the bridge is carefully and completely guarded.Edenton bay, but that they were making no attempt to land. From the same source, we have a contradiction of the report that an attempt had been made to burn Weldon bridge. Colonel Clarke says the bridge is carefully and completely guarded. It will be recollected that we did not state that an attempt was made to burn the bridge. Our information was derived from a Government agent on the railroad between Petersburg and Weldon, who distinctly declared that he saw the evidences of the attempt to cut the girders of the bridge, and that the train was detained full fifteen minutes in order is make the necessary and proper examinations before proceeding to cross it.