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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
James B. Eads engaged to build gun-boats. depot established at Cairo. Navy yard at Mound City. Flag-officer Foote in command of Mississippi Squadron. Captain Pennock and assistants. the Taylor, Lexington and Conestoga. Grant seizes Paducah. Commander Walke attacks the batteries near Columbus. battle of Belmont. Grant gains two victories in one day. efficient services rendered by gun-boats. the western flotilla, etc., etc. To enable us to keep pace with the progress of even Kentucky, in the early part of the war, endeavored to preserve a neutral position between the contending sections. but the Confederate General Polk soon violated this neutrality, seizing Columbus, some twenty miles below Cairo, and threatening Paducah; whereupon Grant seized this latter place and garrisoned it. Thus the two armies were near each other. Grant had nothing but ordinary transports to operate with, and these were liable to be cut to pieces from the banks of the river by the Confe
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
couraging to the enemy. General Grant, being under the impression at least that Foote's flotilla could not assist him immediately, instructed Commander Walke to proceed without delay to commence the attack on Fort Donelson in connection with our Army before the enemy could receive re-enforcements or could strengthen his position. The following is the letter referred to, preceding the battle of Fort Donelson. From Commander Walke to Flag-officer Foote. U. S. Gun-Boat Carondelet, Paducah, Feb. 10th, 1862. Sir:--I received instructions from General Grant this evening, to proceed with this vessel to Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland river, to co-operate with our Army in that vicinity. I expect to meet you before I reach there. The Alps will take me in tow. I will call at this place. General Grant will send the Taylor, Lexington, and Conestoga after me. We heard that you were on your way to Fort Donelson, but I hear no tidings of you here tonight. The Taylor has jus
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
ommanding E. Thompson; Lexington, Lieut.-Commanding J. W. Shirk, with four transports, each having five mortar-boats in tow; also a magazine boat and a provision boat. The squadron was accompanied by troops under General Buford, in four steamers, half a dozen tugs, and a large number of barges and lighters in tow. As this expedition approached Columbus the Union flag was seen floating from the ramparts. It had been taken possession of two days before by a company of cavalry scouts from Paducah, under Col. Haas. The enemy had already fortified certain positions further South on the Mississippi, and had also re-inforced Island No.10. Gen. Pope, with an army of ten thousand men, hastened to occupy New Madrid, on the west bank of the Mississippi, below Island No.10, and he at once detected the weakness of the enemy's position. Pope established a line of batteries from New Madrid to a point fifteen miles below Island No.10, thus shutting the enemy off from his only source of suppl
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
ls could ascend. He chose command of this district to enable him to attend to the reconstruction of the Eastport, a vessel captured by him in the Tennessee after the fall of Fort Henry. At the time of her capture the Confederates were transforming the vessel into an iron-clad ram. This was the Eastport, hitherto mentioned in our narrative. Phelps was very active in harassing the enemy, and gave them no rest. His first act after. assuming command on the Tennessee was to proceed from Paducah, Ky., with the Covington, Queen City, Argosy, Silver Cloud and Champion, up the river, destroying everything on the way that could be of any use to the enemy. All boats and scows were destroyed, so that communication from one bank to another was pretty effectually cut off. The Covington ascended as far as Eastport, the highest point attainable at that stage of the river, offering protection to Unionists and bringing out of the country those desiring to escape conscription; for at that time th
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 55: operations of the Mississippi Squadron in the latter part of 1864 and in 1865. (search)
rmy, and filled the woods with Confederate stragglers. Anything which bears the signature of that glorious hero, General George H. Thomas, will ever be interesting, and a compliment from him paid to the Navy will be appreciated. General Thomas immediately telegraphed to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee the result of his operations against General Hood, and expressed his thanks for the aid the Army had received from the naval flotilla on the Tennessee: United States Military Telegraph, Paducah, Kentucky, Dec. 30, 1864. [By telegraph from Headquarters Department Cumberland, Pulaski, Dec. 29, 1864.] Sir — Your two telegrams have been received. We have been pressing the work as hard as the condition of the roads would permit, and have succeeded in taking some few prisoners — probably some five or six hundred--since the enemy crossed Duck River. From the best information I have at this time, Hood's losses since he invaded the State of Tennessee sum up as follows: Six (6) general o