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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., chapter 14.53 (search)
t arrived off Hatteras, and at 10 o'clock on the morning of the 28th began the bombardment of Forts Clark and Hatteras (the latter mounting twenty-five guns), which was continued throughout a part ofce of the Confederate colors. During the bombardment our troops on shore gained possession of Fort Clark, but were driven out by our own guns, a fragment of a shell striking private Lembrecht, of Comcoke Inlet. They were found to have been deserted by the Confederates, but Forts Hatteras and Clark. From War-time sketches. twenty-two guns of heavy caliber, that were left intact, were made use The United States sloop Cumberland sailing into action at the bombardment of Forts Hatteras and Clark. From a war-time sketch. that point to make the attack upon Hatteras Island. In the meantime w the 9th New York, the 20th Indiana Volunteers, The Union fleet bombarding Forts Hatteras and Clark. From a war-time sketch. Colonel W. L. Brown, and one company of the 1st U. S. Artillery, under
near the water's edge, and realizing in an instant that the camp we were approaching might possibly be one of hostile Indians--all Indians in that country at that time were hostile — Frankman and I backed out silently, and made eager strides for La Pena, where we had scarcely arrived when Captain M. E. Van Buren, of the Mounted Rifle regiment, came in with a small command, and reported that he was out in pursuit of a band of Comanche Indians, which had been committing depredations up about Fort Clark, but that he had lost the trail. I immediately informed him of what had occurred to me during the morning, and that I could put him on the trail of the Indians he was desirous of punishing. We hurriedly supplied with rations his small command of thirteen men, and I then conducted him to the point where I had seen the smoke, and there we found signs indicating it to be the recently abandoned camp of the Indians he was pursuing, and we also noticed that prairie rats had formed the principa
August 29. The joint expedition, commanded by General B. F. Butler and Commodore S. H. Stringham, after two days cannonading, succeeded in capturing Forts Clark and Hatteras, at Hatteras Inlet, N. C., with the garrison of the latter fort. Thirty pieces of cannon, one thousand stand of arms, and a quantity of provisions, fell into possession of the National forces. Also three prize vessels--one a brig, laden with coffee and provisions, another laden with cotton, and two United States life-boats, together with large quantities of ammunition and munitions of war. There is an inlet across the sand bar at Hatteras, made by the sea within a few years, near which there have been erected two forts of earth and sand and other materials, and mounting a considerable number of guns. These forts were shelled by the National rifled cannon at a range of two-and-a-half miles. Into one of them there were thrown twenty-eight shells in eight minutes. One of the works surrendered, which was
lied the captain, and he added, we have cheated the Yankees this time. I have to inform you, said Lieutenant Crosby, that on the 28th day of August the American fleet made its appearance off this place and commenced to bombard Forts Hatteras and Clark, while a land force landed; that Fort Clark was silenced that day; that on the day following Fort Hatteras was bombarded and captured, with more than seven hundred prisoners; that both forts are now occupied by Federal troops; that I am a United Fort Clark was silenced that day; that on the day following Fort Hatteras was bombarded and captured, with more than seven hundred prisoners; that both forts are now occupied by Federal troops; that I am a United States officer, you my prisoner, and your ship a prize. It is all right, is it not, captain? The captain instantly collapsed, and took to hard drink. To-day the Hamet Ryan, Captain Wm. Nixon, appeared off the inlet, and finally stood in. Lieutenant Crosby, with the Fanny, went out, and took her in tow. She proved to be from Halifax, bound to Washington, N. C., with an assorted cargo, previously purchased in New York, consisting of one hundred and forty dozen army brogans, hats, caps, army s
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
or the relief Fort Hatteras. Fort Hatteras was the principal work, and mounted ten guns. Fort Clark was a square redoubt, about 7509 yards northward of it, and mounting seven guns. The former otraverses. Mr. Fiske, acting aid-de-camp of General Butler, performed a gallant feat. When Fort Clark was abandoned, he swam ashore, through quite heavy breakers, with orders from Butler to Coloneould assume the chief command of the fort, which he did. Guns were speedily brought to bear on Fort Clark, then supposed to be held by the Nationals, and the batteries were placed ink charge of fresh troops. But Fort Clark was not held by Butler's troops. They were well and cautiously handled by their commander, Colonel Weber, and had been withdrawn toward the landing-place. Not far from the foolence that it submerged Hatteras Island between the forts, threatening instant destruction to Fort Clark, the smaller one, occupied by the regiment. Its sick were much distressed by removal for safe
raid of through Tennessee into Kentucky, 3.248; his capture of and massacre at Fort Pillow, 3.244-3.246; defeated at Tupelo by Gen. A. J. Smith, 3.248; his dash into Memphis, 3.248; repulsed by Gen. Rousseau at Pulaski, 3.416. Fortifications in Charleston harbor, description of, 1.117; anxiety of conspirators respecting, 1.120. Fort Anderson, capture of, 3.492. Fort Barlow, capture of, 2.173. Fort Beauregard, capture of, 2.120. Fort Blunt, Confederates repulsed at, 3.213. Fort Clark, capture of, 2.108. Fort Clinch, found abandoned by Dupont, 2.820. Fort de Russy, capture of, 3.254. Fort Donelson, siege of, 2.206-2.219; battle of, 2.215; surrender of, 2.220; effect of the fall of at home and abroad, 2.222; the author's visit to in 1866, 2.226; attempt of Wheeler to recapture, 3.116. Fort Fisher, expedition against under Gens. Butler and Weitzel and Admiral Porter, 3.476-3.481; second and( successful expedition against, 3.484-3.489; visit of the author to in
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 5: capture of the works at Hatteras Inlet by Flag officer Stringham.--destruction of the privateer Judah. (search)
at Hatteras Island. bombardment and capture of forts Hatteras and Clark. the garrison surrender to General Butler and Commodore Stringham. effect of the capture of forts Hatteras and Clark on the Confederates. destruction of Fort Ocracoke. the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. C on the extreme southwestern point of which were Forts Hatteras and Clark, separated by a shallow bay, half a mile wide. Of these works FortCumberland in tow and followed by the Minnesota, stood in towards Fort Clark and opened fire, and were soon joined by the Susquehanna. The appeared from both forts, and the enemy were evidently abandoning Fort Clark, on which our troops moved up the beach and hoisted the Union flaas abandoned by the enemy soon after the fall of Forts Hatteras and Clark, and was destroyed by a party from the U. S. S. Pawnee, who rendereoint of Hatteras Island. Plan of the attack on forts Hatteras and Clark, August 28th and 29th, 1861. These troops were but partially eq
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
d Reno. losses of Army. advantages of capture of Roanoke Island. escape of Confederate fleet. casualties among naval forces Commander Rowan pursues Confederate fleet. destruction of Confederate fleet and forts on Pasquotank River. attempt to burn Elizabeth City. expeditions up rivers leading into sounds. bravery of Lieut. Flusser. Owing to the fact that the commanding officer of the Hatteras expedition did not push the advantages he had gained by the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark, in August, 1861, the victory was almost a barren one, with the exception of its moral effect and the recapture of many of the guns which had fallen into the hands of the Confederates. The principal entrances into the sounds of North Carolina were secured, but the Confederates had still the means not only of annoying the coast-wise commerce passing daily before these inlets, but also of supplying their armies through the intricate and numerous channels belonging to the several sounds, and
ur that it amounted to not less than nine or ten; we were equally certain that four to one were engaged against us. Lieutenant Fink came up the following day with a detachment of Infantry. Our troops returned to the scene of action and buried the dead, as I had neither pick nor shovel at the time of the encounter. Moreover I could not have delayed thereafter for any purpose, on account of the extreme suffering of the men for want of water. After a respite of a few days I marched to Fort Clark and there made a brief report of the affair, which is now, I presume, on file in Washington. General David E. Twiggs, commanding the Department, shortly afterwards published the following order: headquarters, Department of Texas. San Antonio, August 5th, 1857. Sir :-Lieutenant Hood's report was transmitted last mail; from subsequent information, not official, I think Lieutenant Hood's estimate of the Indian party was much too small. The same party, it appears, attacked the Calif
ht off the entrance through Hatteras Inlet to Pamlico Sound, it was found defended Hatteras. Explanations to the plan of the Bombardment of Forts Hatteras and Clark. A. United States troops and marines. B. Masked Batteries. C. Scouting parties awaiting the bombardment D. Small Boats. 1. Cumberland. 2. Wabash. 3g the afternoon of the bombardment. 6, 7, and 8. Steamers Pawnee, Harriet Lane, and Monticello, protecting the landing of troops. by the new Forts Hatteras and Clark, mounting five and ten guns respectively, with five more ready for mounting on the more important work; the whole defended by 700 Confederates, under Corn. S. Bars commenced at 10 A. M., of the 28th; Fort Hatteras replying, with signal industry, to little purpose; its gunners being evidently inexperienced and unskilled. Fort Clark had little or nothing to say; and was next morning found to have been already abandoned. The Sound being still open, a heavily laden transport reenforced For
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