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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
ar in the direction of the enemy. Shall I remain on board after the moon goes down with my crippled ship and nearly worn-out men? Will you send me word what countersign my boats shall use if we pass near your ship? While we have moonlight would it not be better to leave the ship? Shall I burn her when I leave her? Respectfully, Robert Handy. Capt. Pope seemed quite aware of the ludicrousness of this proposition, and wrote Handy as follows: U. S. Steamer Richmond, South West Pass. October 12, 1861. Sir: You say your ship is aground. It will be your duty to defend your ship up to the last moment, and not to fire her unless it be to prevent her falling into the hands of the enemy. I do not think the enemy will be down to-night, but if they do come, fight them to the last. You have boats enough to save all your men. I do not approve of your leaving your ship until every effort is made to defend her from falling into their hands. Respectfully, etc., Joh
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 31: operations of Farragut's vessels on the coast of Texas, etc. (search)
na stood down the channel and took her station ahead of the transports. She got ashore also; several of the transports were aground and the Granite City went to the support of the Arizona, which it was necessary to do, for a Confederate steamer (probably one of the rams) was coming down the river. This steamer, whatever she was, got the Clifton and Sachem afloat and towed them up the river. The Arizona, Granite City and trans ports got over the bar and made the best of their way to South West Pass, the army having made no attempt to land. The Granite City and Arizona do not appear to have received any injuries, but they made no attempt to rescue the two steamers that had surrendered. This was rather a melancholy expedition and badly managed It resulted in the loss of some twenty men killed and many wounded on board the Clifton and Sachem, and was somewhat injurious to the prestige of the Navy. It did not, however, reflect any discredit upon the officers of the Clifton or Sac