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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 2.-fight at Port Royal, S. C. January 1, 1862. (search)
Doc. 2.-fight at Port Royal, S. C. January 1, 1862. Report of Flag officer S. P. Dupont. Flag ship Wabash, Port Royal harbor, January 4, 1862. sir: I have the honor to inform the department, that the attention of General Sherman and myself has been drawn for some time past to the design of the enemy to shut up our troops in Port Royal Island, by placing obstructions in Coosaw River and Whale branch, by constructing batteries at Port Royal Ferry, at Seabrook, and at or near Boyd's Cer officer occupying a position near the reserve, kept up a complete communication. The big twelve-pounder cannon, captured from the enemy, now stands in front of Gen. Stevens's headquarters. brier Wood. Philadelphia press account. Port Royal, Jan. 5, 1869. A very skilfully planned and skilfully executed little movement has just occurred here, which begins the new year in the pleasantest manner possible. Beaufort lies on the eastern side of Port Royal Island, and about ten miles
the inlet. As we approached the bar just outside the inlet, the steamer S. R. Spaulding which left Fortress Monroe for Port Royal, and brought Com. Goldsborough to Hatteras, came steaming along in company with our vessels. A small side-wheel tug,lieving that it also would be lost. The S. R. Spaulding at this time passed out to sea through the inlet on her way to Port Royal, and was hailed from the wreck, but no attention was paid to their call, and with terror in their hearts the sufferers remains of Colonel Allen and Surgeon Weller will be sent North in the Spaulding, which is daily expected to arrive from Port Royal. Hatteras Inlet, January 21. We feel somewhat encouraged to-day, in the brightening prospect for soon getting ovnce. This loss has been partially supplied by three tugs, which were sent from Philadelphia, with orders to proceed to Port Royal, but which were compelled, by stress of weather, to put back to this point, after going within about a hundred miles of
Doc. 74.-a peaceful expedition to Port Royal. Departure of Missionaries. the, first missionary expedition to propagate industry, religion, and education among the contrabands at Hilton Head, as well as to encourage agriculture and like useful measures, sailed from New-York City March third, 1862. It is composed of some sixty persons, about fifteen of whom are ladies. Mr. Edward L. Pierce, the Government agent, in charge of the plantations and contrabands at Port Royal, is to be the directing genius of this association; and from the experience he has already gained, the selection of that gentleman for the position is considered very judicious. Te ladies we should mention the name of Mrs. Harlan, wife of the United States Senator from Iowa. The following is a list of the names of those who proceed to Port Royal as active participants in the operations of the society: Washington and Philadelphia. Walter R. Johnson,Miss Mary Donalson, Miss Susan Walker. New-York.
n my last despatch, that the expedition for Fernandina was equipped, and waiting only for suitable weather to sail from Port Royal. I have now the pleasure to inform you that I am in full possession of Cumberland Island and Sound, of Fernandina and Amelia Island, and of the river and town of St. Mary's. I sailed from Port Royal on the last day of February, in the Wabash, and on the second inst. entered Cumberland Sound, by St. Andrew's Inlet, in the Mohican, Com. S. W. Godon, on board of whire told that General Lee pronounced the place perfectly defensible; we are not surprised at this, if true. We captured Port Royal, but Fernandina and Fort Clinch have been given to us. We had in the expedition Mr. W. H. Dennis, an assistant in thport that the fortifications at St. Simon's, armed with heavy columbiads, had been abandoned, which first reached me at Port Royal, is confirmed. This being the case, the entire sea-coast of Georgia is now either actually in my possession, or under
Doc. 108.-capture of Skidaway Island, Ga. Flag-officer Du Pont's report. Flag-ship Wabash, off Port Royal, S. C., March 27, 1862. sir: On being boarded this afternoon, while entering Port Royal harbor, by Corn. Gillis, of the Seminole, I had the satisfaction to hear that formidable batteries on Skidaway and Green Islands had been abandoned by the rebels, the guns having been withdrawn in order to be placed nearer Savannah. The abandonment of these batteries gives us complete che fort and house with red cupola, we returned on board our respective vessels. I learn that the confederate battery on Green Island is abandoned. Several houses in sight are burning this morning, the red cupola house included. I send to Port Royal a prisoner taken in the marshes by the Release. His statement accompanies this. I am, sir, respectfully, etc., John P. Gillis, Commanding. Flag-Officer S. F. Du Pont. U. S. Steamer Seminole, Nassau Sound, Ga., March 26, 1862. The follo
Doc. 111. General Hunter's orders.headquarters Department of the South, Port Royal, S. C., March 31, 1862. I. Major-General David Hunter, having arrived at this post, hereby assumes, in accordance with the order of the War Department, the Keys and its dependencies, and thence north to the Georgia line. The headquarters of this district will be at Port Royal, South-Carolina, and Brigadier-Gen. H. W. Benham (who will relieve Brigadier-General Sherman) is appointed to command this dist Major-General Commanding. Charles G. Halpine, Assistant Adjutant-General. headquarters Department of the South, Port Royal, S. C., March 31, 1862 General orders, No. 2. In relieving Brigadier-General T. W. Sherman, from duty in this departof Major-General D. Hunter. Charles G. Halpine, Assistant Adjutant-General. headquarters Department of the South, Port Royal, S. C., April 3, 1862. General orders, No. 3. The following-named officers are hereby announced as additional member
Doc. 117. expedition to pass Christian, Miss. General Butler's report. headquarters Department of the Gulf, ship Island, April 13, 1862. To the Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: sir: I have the honor to report my safe arrival at Ship Island on the twenty-first of March, after a series of casualties, set forth in my last report from Port Royal to the General commanding the army, but from there no further accident. For three days after my arrival a storm prevented the landing of either troops or stores. Upon consultation with Flag-Officer Farragut, I was informed by him that he would probably be able to move in seven days. Accordingly, by dint of the most strenuous labor of my troops day and night, I had embarked and ready for embarkation six thousand of my best men to support his operations, a force judged to be sufficient for the advance, to be at once supported by the remainder of my disposable force. After waiting four days with troops on ship-board, I learn
eal, James G. Stille, Rachel S. Miller, and Magnum. Bonum. Then followed the gunboat Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding J. P. Bankhead, with the schooner Anna C. Leaverett; and last, least, but not most unimportant, came the useful little Ellen, Acting Master Budd, with the champion prize yacht America in tow. The United States steamer Seneca, Lieutenant Commanding Ammen, with several families aboard, left Jacksonville twenty-two hours in advance of the fleet, and had gone to sea, bound to Port Royal, when we got here. The Ottawa brought down the families of Mr. Frazer, a lawyer, formerly from Montrose, Susquehannah County, Pennsylvania, and Judge Burritt, an old and influential resident of Florida. Last night the rebel officers went to the Judge's house, and invited him to remain, but he didn't see it. His kind entertainment of Captains Stevens, Ammen, Bankhead, and Budd, together with the military officers during their stay, made his chances of protection from the rebels very doub
ry respectfully, your obedient servant, Chas. H. Olmstead, Colonel First Volunteer Regiment of Georgia, Commanding Post. General Hunter's despatch. Port Royal, S. C., April 17. We opened our batteries on Fort Pulaski on the morning of the tenth inst. After thirty hours continuous firing a practicable breach was made, aand left flank, with which, in conjunction with the batteries on Tybee Island, the Fort could be reduced. The expedition for these purposes was fitted out at Port Royal, and consisted of a detachment of the Third Rhode Island artillery, a detachment of volunteer engineers, a battalion of the Eighth Maine regiment, the Sixth regnel connecting Wright River, one of the outlets of the Savannah, with Bull River, which last, by its connection, forms a direct communication with the harbor of Port Royal, thus serving as a thoroughfare between that harbor and Savannah. The removal of this hulk was the first thing to be accomplished, and was intrusted to Major
call and the boatswain's Jack gave flag three cheers again, and New-York gave Jack three cheers and a New-York tiger. Dr. Hitchcock proceeded to speak of the dark days of a year ago, of the iron-faced and ironhearted general who saved the capital, and the noble-hearted man who had made Sumter a doubly heroic word. He spoke of Bull Run as a blessing in disguise, and said that it was the navy that turned the tide of victory in our favor. He referred to Hatteras, to the elliptic dance at Port Royal, and good Parson Foote, who held the rebels so long in conference meeting, at Island Number10, and when they ran away before the benediction, resolute Dissenter as he was, sent the Pope after them. [Laughter.] But, he said, we had met to resolve that the widows and children of the brave men who fell in Hampton Roads should not suffer. Those men fought, not for glory, but for duty's sake; but glory they should have. He believed that the providential care which watched over us was especia
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