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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
or the contending forces throughout the war. On January 5th the indefatigable Lieutenant Cushing started on an expedition to capture some Wilmington pilots, and having heard that there was a pilot station at Little River, thirty miles below Fort Caswell. he made sail for that point, and reached it on the morning of January 5th, 1863. He crossed the bar at 8 o'clock at night with twenty-five men, in three cutters, and proceeded up the river. He was in hopes of finding pilots above and also ke to below Cape Fear shoals. The Cape Fear River had (since the complete blockade of Charleston) become the principal ground for blockade-runners, that river having two entrances, by either of which blockade-runners could enter, protected by Fort Caswell on the south side of Cape Fear, and by strong earth-works (which finally grew to be Fort Fisher) on the north side. Many reports are made of the capture or destruction of blockade-runners, and in chasing up these vessels great activity was
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)
chief-engineer, but ascertained that the general had gone to Wilmington. The adjutant-general was slightly wounded, and made his escape to the woods, without stopping to put on his clothes, under an impression that the garrison had mutinied. Cushing's boats were about fifty yards from the regular landing-place at the fort, and not so far from the sentinel on the wharf, yet he succeeded in carrying off his prisoners. By the time the alarm signal-lights were shown Cushing was abreast of Fort Caswell, on his way back to the squadron. The blockade-runner Scotia passed from the anchorage just before Cushing got into the river, or he might have made a good night's work of it. Cushing's hazardous undertakings were sometimes criticised as useless, but there was more method in them than appeared on the surface, and important information was sometimes obtained, to say nothing of the brilliant example of courage and enterprise which they afforded to others. On March 8th Acting-Rear-Adm
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
edoes. the Tallahassee and Chickamauga blown up. evacuation of Fort Caswell and works on Smith's Island. Wilmington, N. C., blockaded. lise bar and under the Mound, the Confederates prepared to evacuate Fort Caswell. Two steamers near the fort (the Tallahassee and Chickamauga) weas the fall of all the surrounding works in and near this place--Fort Caswell, a large work at the West Inlet, mounting twenty-nine guns, all Lieutenant Cushing was sent in the gun-boat Monticello around to Fort Caswell, a strong fortification, built in former days by the United Staters as a protection to the Western bar. Lieutenant Cushing found Fort Caswell blown up, the works at Bald Head destroyed, Fort Shaw blown up, on of the forts, Lieutenant Cushing hoisted the American flag on Fort Caswell and pushed on to Smithville, a heavily fortified point on Cape Fthville, four 10-inch guns; above Smithville. two 10-inch guns; Fort Caswell, ten 10-inch guns, two 9-inch guns, one Armstrong rifled gun, fo
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
hat might be made from the fort. The reconnaissance disclosed the fact that the front of the work had been seriously injured by the Navy fire. In the afternoon of the 15th the fort was assaulted, and after most deperate fighting was captured with its entire garrison and armament. Thus was secured, by the combined efforts of the Navy and Army, one of the most important successes of the war. Our loss was, killed, 110; wounded, 536. On the 16th and 17th, the enemy abandoned and blew up Fort Caswell and the works on Smith's Island, which were immediately occupied by us. This gave us entire control of the mouth of the Cape Fear River. In vol. 3. page 224, of his work, the military historian states as follows: While thus zealously watching the varied interests and changing circumstances in Georgia and Tennessee, as well as at Richmond and in the valley, Grant had also planned [!] to take advantage of Sherman's march by a new movement on the At lantic coast. Wilmington, near
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
af 205 00 86 12 118 88 do Jan. 11, 1864 Jacob Bell.   Goods and money, lot of 288 65 170 45 118 20 do Oct. 17, 1862 Western World. Ship General Parkhill 9,803 85 $222.26 awarded to claimants. 222 66 7,188 76 Philadelphia   Niagara. 2,392 43 Schooner George G. Baker 6,840 60 2,050 75 4,789 85 do Feb. 17, 1863 Union. Schooner Guide. 20,407 67 1,549 53 18,858 14 do Nov. 6, 1862 Huron. Schooner Glide 22,980 84 1,609 21 21,371 63 do Oct. 14, 1864 Marblehead, Passaic, Arago, Caswell. Schooner Garonne 3,130 70 1,079 44 2,051 26 New York Mar. 11, 1863 Santee. Schooner Gipsy. 9,162 97 1,397 23 7,765 74 do Aug. 20, 1863 New London, Massachusetts. Schooner Granite City 68,829 81 4 253 44 64,576 37 do Nov. 20, 1863 Tioga. Steamer Gertrude 88,987 60 8,913 31 80,074 29 do Nov. 20, 1863 Vanderbilt. Schooner George Chisholm 1,327 86 295 60 1,032 26 Washington Feb. 18, 1864 Dai Ching. Sloop Gophen $113 62 $70 22 $43 40 Key West Dec. 19, 1864 Roebuck. Schooner