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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
re I left Hampton Roads, and others immediately on my arrival at Key West or Ship Island, and I suppose accidental causes have stopped them on their way out here. nder all the assistance in my power. I have just received intelligence from Ship island that Lieutenant-commander Abner Read, of the steamer New London, is in a crier the Richmond passed over, and the Mississippi and the Pensacola came from Ship Island to try their hand at getting through; there was not at the time a great deptut persevered until he arrived at Key West. and sailed with the flotilla to Ship Island He went through another gale, but got into port safe. He was almost always essels appeared before it. Flag-officer Farragut has ordered me to repair to Ship Island to await the arrival of the larger vessels, but not to commence any operation at forts Jackson and St. Philip. United States Steamer Harriet Lane, Ship Island, May 15, 1862. Sir — I have the honor to enclose the paroles of the offic
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
swung off into the river, where she continued to burn until she blew up with a tremendous explosion, thus ending the career of the last ironclad ram of the Mississippi. There were many persons on the banks of the river witnessing the fight, in which they anticipated a triumph for Secessia; but on the return of the Essex not a soul was to be seen. I will leave a sufficient force of gun-boats here to support the Army, and will return to-morrow to New Orleans, and depart immediately for Ship Island, with a light heart that I have left no bugbear to torment the communities of the Mississippi in my absence. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Flag-officer, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. On Gun-Boat Essex, Off Baton Rouge, August 6, 1862. Sir — This morning at 8 o'clock, I steamed up the river, and at 10 o'clock attacked the rebel ram Arkansas, and blew her up. There is not no
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
e ships into the bay. He was cool and brave throughout, never losing his self-possession. This man was captured early in the war in a fishing-smack which he owned, and though he protested that he had no interest in the war, and only asked for the privilege of fishing for the fleet, yet his services were too valuable to the captors as a pilot not to be secured. He was appointed a first-class pilot, and has served us with zeal and fidelity, and has lost his vessel, which went to pieces on Ship Island. I commend him to the Department. It gives me pleasure to refer to several officers who volunteered to take any situation where they might be useful, some of whom were on their way North, either by orders of the Department or condemned by medical survey. The reports of the different commanders will show how they conducted themselves. I have already mentioned Lieutenant-Commander Perkins, of the Chickasaw, and Lieutenant Yates, of the Augusta, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant William H