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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)
nnesota by torpedo-boat. Landing of Army at City Point and Bermuda hundred. destruction of U. S. G forces were able to move, to seize and hold City Point. Grant intended that, in case the Confedera Gillmore on the 4th of May, Butler occupied City Point and Bermuda Hundred on the 5th; on the 6th hy, the army, under General Butler, landed at City Point and Bermuda Hundred, covered by five iron-clt Dutch Gap heights, and the Army pickets at City Point; and Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee considered thatmake his positions at Bermuda Hundred and at City Point perfectly secure. Part of the vessels to beeneral Grant established his headquarters at City Point. The obstructions were sunk in the river, aun. enemy's iron-clads could not get down to City Point under any circumstances. The enemy, in or gave quite a different aspect to affairs at City Point, and the time had arrived when the Navy stool forces on the James naturally assembled at City Point, where General Grant had established his hea
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
d the Sassacuts. incidents of fight. fruitless attempts to destroy the Albemarle. laying torpedoes at mouth of Roanoke River. flotilla in sounds reinforced by additional vessels, etc. From the time General Grant fixed his headquarters at City Point, the naval vessels in that vicinity, under Captain Melancton Smith, were employed in guarding the river or in co-operating with the Army in raids upon the enemy along the shores of the James and adjacent rivers. It was sufficiently evident t angles with the line of fire of the Monitors at Trent's Reach. This battery had on several occasions opened on Howlett's and completely silenced it. Hence, with the obstructions under fire of the Army and Navy guns, tile Army stores, etc., at City Point were perfectly secure against any attack. While the attention of the Commanderin-chief of the North Atlantic squadron was principally directed to the security of Grant's army against an attack by the river, the enemy in the sounds of North C
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
personal staff, and a number of officers, not exceeding five, may be transferred from the Mississippi to the North Atlantic squadron. Under the above orders, Rear-Admiral Porter assumed command of the North Atlantic squadron, and visited City Point, Va., in company with Mr. Fox, Assistant-Secretary of the Navy, to confer with General Grant in regard to the necessary contingent of troops required to co-operate with the Navy in the reduction of Fort Fisher. Admiral Porter had asked for buton, D. C. Mr. Secretary Welles, after reading the above dispatches, sent the following telegram in cipher to General Grant, for he was determined the Navy should succeed: Navy Department, December 29, 1864. Lieutenant-General Grant, City Point, Va.: The substance of dispatches and reports from Rear-Admiral Porter off Wilmington is briefly this: The ships can approach nearer to the enelmy's works than was anticipated; their fire can keep the enemy away from their guns; a landing can
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
up the obstruction, passed through and broken up the pontoon bridge, thus cutting off the Army on the left bank of the James from its supports, and threatening City Point, where all the stores were gathered for the use of the Army before Richmond. The Confederate naval force at that time in the James River, under the command oto attack the army on the left bank of the river, and, while the Confederate fleet was occupied in driving away the Union gun-boats and the Onondaga, push on to City Point, set fire to all the wharves and store-houses, and create a scene of destruction unparalleled in the annals of the war. This might have been done under a bolhe obstructions were further strengthened by sinking another large schooner loaded with stone, and that was the last attempt the Confederates ever made to reach City Point with their naval force. But the commander of the Federal vessels lost an opportunity to gather some laurels, an opportunity that never occurred again, while th
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)
the Navy might not be detained one moment. On the 6th of December the following instructions were given: City Point, Virginia, December 6, 1864. General — The first object of the expedition under General Weitzel is to close to the enemy d necessary to land. I communicated direct to the commander of the expedition the following instructions: City Point, Virginia, January 3, 1865. General — The expedition intrusted to your command has been fitted out to renew the attempt ty by Weitzel. Yet, according to the military historian-- Butler, on the night when the troops embarked, proceeded to City Point, and informed General Grant that he was going himself, and this in violation of his commanding-general s orders! who ve been a triumph for them. After making the proper disposition of the vessels of the fleet, the Admiral hastened to City Point in a fast steamer to witness the end. It came two months later, when Lee, having eaten up all his provisions, and threa
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 54: capture of Richmond.--the destruction of the Confederate fleet in the James River, etc. (search)
armies around Richmond. President Lincoln visits City Point. the memorable council on board the River able to restrain his anxiety, now proceeded to City Point, and would doubtless have been joined by the membhe proceeded in the little steamer Russia to City Point, Virginia, to confer with General Grant on the situatioln was then on board the steamer River Queen, at City Point, and he received General Sherman with the warmth him, for he felt that the presence of Sherman at City Point was an assurance that the latter had Johnston's a The morning after General Sherman's arrival at City Point, a council of war was held on board the steamboat utter uselessness. If those vessels could reach City Point they would commit great havoc — as they came near sir, said the Admiral; would you prefer going to City Point, where we are more among friends than here? Yes,t be ordered to. Army transports were hurrying to City Point to remove troops and stores as might be required.