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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. (search)
of warfare calculated to be of any permanent benefit to the Union cause; and it demonstrated the fact that only large bodies of troops could break up the system adopted by the Confederates of harassing Federal Army posts with constant attacks. Some boat expeditions were undertaken, in which great gallantry was displayed and a few men killed, terminating in a retreat from under the enemy's fire, after inflicting the usual damage on him. The only satisfaction gained on the expedition to Pagan Creek was a temporary scattering of the Confederate troops, and the fact ascertained that the Davidson torpedo-boat had arrived at Smithfield on the 9th inst., and had gone thence to Richmond. On the 5th of May, the army, under General Butler, landed at City Point and Bermuda Hundred, covered by five iron-clads and ten other vessels, without opposition. The river had been carefully dragged for torpedoes, to assure the safety of the gunboats and transports; but, notwithstanding all the care
der the immediate command of General Graham) from Smithfield, on Pagan Creek. The force placed under my command by General Graham consisted equest of General Graham I immediately proceeded to the mouth of Pagan Creek, where I communicated with the commanding officer of the United team gunboat Shokokon, who informed me that the launches sent to Pagan Creek by yourself had been repulsed at Smithfield, with a loss of fiveme a flag of truce was discovered on shore, on the lower side of Pagan Creek near the mouth, and a launch belonging to the Naval Brigade, und have sent him to General Butler. I am sending on launches to Pagan Creek, with plenty of ammunition. The Morris or Barney can bring Geneto be located on the peninsula formed by the Nansemond River and Pagan Creek. The matter was referred to the senior officer present, Capta United States gunboat Shokokon. We proceeded to the mouth of Pagan Creek, and finding we could not proceed any further, we then were take
nded cooperations and the infantry force on Pagan Creek failed of being fully carried out, owing to part of the expedition designed to explore Pagan Creek did not begin to ascend it until 12.15 P. Mh. This, it was ascertained, had gone from Pagan Creek to Richmond on the night of the tenth insta without accomplishing its object, came out of Pagan and Chuckatuck Creeks or their tributaries. Iwise to station a gunboat near the mouth of Pagan Creek whilst the army gunboats of light draught c Stones under your command, to the mouth of Pagan Creek, taking in tow the two (2) launches of the or the purpose of scouring the waters about Pagan Creek, and capturing and destroying any rebel torll land at or near Smithfield, passing into Pagan Creek to assist in that movement; the Stepping Stroceeded up the James River to the mouth of Pagan Creek with the boats in tow, where she anchored, g Master Charles B. Wilder, to the mouth of Pagan Creek, at sunrise on the fourteenth, to cooperate[1 more...]
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Virginia, 1864 (search)
"B" 1st Arty. Dec. 10: Skirmish, Fort BurnhamUNITED STATES--41st Colored Infantry. Dec. 10: Action, Darbytown RoadPENNSYLVANIA--5th and 11th Cavalry. Dec. 11-19: Operations about Broadwater Ferry and Chowan RiverNEW YORK--3d and 20th Cavalry (Detachments). Dec. 11: Skirmish near RichmondUNITED STATES--7th Colored Infantry. Dec. 13: Skirmish, PapinvilleMICHIGAN--11th Cavalry. Dec. 13: Action, Bermuda HundredUNITED STATES--23d Colored Infantry. Dec. 15: Expedition from Fort Monroe to Pagan CreekPENNSYLVANIA--3d Heavy Arty. (Co. "C"). Dec. 15: Skirmish near Glade SpringsKENTUCKY--12th Cavalry. Dec. 15: Skirmish near AbingtonMICHIGAN--11th Cavalry. TENNESSEE--8th, 9th and 13th Cavalry. Dec. 16: Action at Marion and capture of WythevilleKENTUCKY--11th Cavalry. MICHIGAN--11th Cavalry. TENNESSEE--8th, 9th and 13th Cavalry. Union loss, 58 wounded. Dec. 17: Capture and destruction of Lead MinesUNITED STATES--5th and 6th Colored Cavalry. Dec. 17: Skirmish near Mount AiryTENNESSEE--8
the United States in her in 1859. At the outbreak of the war of the Confederacy he was on duty at Norfolk as ordnance officer, to which he had been recalled a year previous. As soon as Virginia seceded he resigned his rank and office, and was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Letcher of Virginia, with special duties in the organization of a State navy. He superintended the erection of the fortifications at the mouth of the James river, and those on the Nansemond river and Pagan creek. On June 10, 1861, he entered the navy of the Confederate States, with a commission as commander. Until the evacuation of Norfolk he served as ordnance officer at the navy yard, and during the actions of the Virginia in Hampton Roads he served as a volunteer in firing the 11-inch gun at Sewell's point against the Federal vessels. With the machinery and mechanics removed from Norfolk at its evacuation, Commander Page, having been promoted to captain, established the ordnance and constr
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
20, 1; 134, 1; 171 Owens' River, Cal. 120, 1 Oxford, Miss. 117, 1; 135-A; 154, D11; 171 Ox Hill, Va. 111, 1 Ozark, Mo. 135-A; 160, C14 Pace's Ferry, Ga. 57, 1; 60, 2; 65, 3; 88, 2; 96, 5; 101, 21; 143, E7 Pacific, Department of the (U): Boundaries 163-171 Pacific Railroad, Mo. 152, D6 Pack's Ferry, W. Va. 141, F11 Padre Island, Tex. 65, 10 Paducah, Ky. 6, 2; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 153, B13; 171 Vicinity, 1861 6, 2 Pagan Creek, Va. 93, 1 Paincourtville, La. 156, D7 Paint Rock, Ala. 149, E7 Paint Rock River, Ala. 149, E7 Paintsville, Ky. 118, 1; 135-A; 141, E6 Palatka, Fla. 146, C10; 171 Palmyra, Mo. 135-A; 152, A6; 171 Palmyra, Tenn. 24, 3; 30, 2; 135-A; 150, F4 Palo Alto, Miss. 135-A; 154, G13 Pamlico Sound, N. C. 12, 6; 40, 3; 117, 1; 135-A; 138, F12; 171 Pamunkey River, Va. 16, 1; 17, 1; 19, 1; 20, 1; 21, 9; 74, 1; 81, 6; 92, 1; 100, 2; 137, E
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Yankee gunboat Smith Briggs. from the Times-dispatch, March 18, 1906, and July 15, 1906. (search)
Shipyard, and thus at both places had the gunboat in full sight and in easy range. The gun on the county wharf sent a shot through her and right into her steam chest. She instantly surrendered. A part of Captain Lee's force was captured in the garden of William Henry Day, in a large vacant house in the shipyard, and at other places on the creek front. Captain Lee and some six or seven men swam the creek to the mainland and thus reached Old Town (now Battery Park), at the mouth of Pagan Creek, where they signalled passing boats, and thus escaped. Six Oaks is four miles from Smithfield in the southeast. Ivor is eighteen miles from Smithfield to the west. Four Square is four miles from Smithfield on the road to Ivor. The North Carolina Cavalry with Sturdivant's Battery, was under the command of Captain Pipkin. I do not know the names of the captains of the two small infantry companies. A red-hot Rebel. In going to Ivor you stopped at Four Square for water. You ma
8 shells and 13 solid shot, some of which must have struck, but with what injury to the enemy we are unable to say. * * * * * * * * * Very respectfully, your ob't serv't, John R. Tucker, Com. C. S. N. Hon. S. R. Maltery, Sec'y Navy, Richmond. Lincoln vessels Entering Pagan Creek--"heavy firing." A correspondent from Suffolk, December 2d, of the Petersburg Express, says: Information reached here on Saturday that two on three Lincoln vessels had entered the mouth of Pagan creek, on which Smith field is situated. This morning, about 4 o'clock, heavy firing commenced in that direction and continued for nearly four hours, firing every half minute and minute. Nothing has been heard as to what the firing means. Some are confident that it was an engagement between the blockading vessels and some of our batteries; others suppose that the firing was on the other side of the James, and was an engagement between the forces of Magruder and the enemy. A gentleman just a
of the invasion of Smithfield, a handsome village in late of Wight county, Va., received from a gentleman who resides in that place: The Yankees in Isle of Wight. About 11 o'clock, Saturday forenoon, a schooner was discovered coming up Pagan creek, flying the Confederate flag. The few citizens in the place saw at once that it was a Yankee craft in disguise, because they knew that Norfolk had been evacuated, the Merrimac blown up, and the Federal gunboats had undisturbed possession of J the people of Smithfield stepped up to the Major, and told him of the whereabouts of a Confederate schooner laden with coal which had been intended for the Merrimac, but upon hearing of the destruction of that vessel the schooner was run into Pagan creek and past Smithfield to save it. The sneak added that he would like to go to Old Point with the Major, as he was a Yankee, too. "B — n it, I am no Yankee; I am a citizen of New York," indignantly replied the Major. The miserable traitor wither
ct from Norfolk Saturday evening, states that all of Burnside's fleet, which could be accommodated in the Dismal Swamp canal, had reached there on Wednesday morning last. Those coming through the canal numbered fifty-three comprising many arks canal boats, barges, and other craft, drawing but a few feet of water. On Friday morning last there were over 300 vessels, of various kinds, lying in Hampton Roads and the month of James river stretched across from Newport News to the month of Pagan creek. Of the intentions of Gen. Burnside we have not been apprised; but there is very good reason for believing that a movement on the south bank of James river is contemplated. With his army on the south, and McClellan's on the north, the enemy doubtless hope to make a successful movement on Richmond. He will be foiled in this, as he has been in every other. The exchange of prisoners. Col. Madison Miller, of the 18th Missouri volunteers, Major Stone, of the 3d Iowa, and Capt. P. G
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