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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
was left master of the field. It is not likely that he enjoyed the sport however, as he afterwards confessed to losing a great many of his men. The gun-boats had done what was required of them by General Grant, and more. He asked an hour's attack to annoy the garrison, while his Army assaulted in the rear; they fought the batteries for two hours and a half, more than twice as long as was required, and with what success will be seen from the following letter of General McArthur. Headquarters, 6Th Division, 17Th Army Corps, In Field Near Vicksburg, Miss., May 23, 1863. Admiral — I received your communication with regard to silencing the two batteries below Vicksburg, and in reply would say that I witnessed with intense interest the firing on that day, it being the finest I have yet seen. I would have taken advantage of the results thus gained by your vessels, and had given the necessary orders to do so, when I received peremptory orders from Major-General McClernand to m
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
as profuse in his acknowledgments of Lieutenant Lamson's conduct in the management of the flotilla. It would require too long an account to tell the whole story of this expedition, where fighting was carried on from the 12th of April to the 23d, where the sailors took their share of the fighting on shore, and where the gun-boats, under the incessant fire of the enemy, were nearly knocked to pieces. But General Getty shall speak for himself. On April 20th he writes as follows: Headquarters, 3D Division, 9Th Corps, U. S. S. Stepping Stones, Nansemond River, April 20th, 1863. Admiral: I beg to express my most sincere thanks to Captain Lamson, U. S. N., his officers and crews, for the gallantry, energy and ability displayed by them in the operations of yesterday, resulting in the capture of one of the enemy's batteries of five guns, on the west side of the Nansemond, and a number of prisoners. All did their duty most handsomely. Very respectfully, etc., George W. Get
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
w he would open fire again on Charleston. Charleston, August 24th. The enemy's fire on Sumter slackened to-day. The fleet has not participated. At 12 o'clock last night the enemy's guns opened on the city, firing fifteen 8-inch Parrott shells. No casualties resulted. Non-combatants are leaving the city in continuous streams. Appearance of Fort Sumter at the close of the attack. On the 24th of August General Gillmore wrote the following dispatches to Washington: Headquarters, Department of the South, Morris Island, S. C., August 24th, 1863. To Major-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-chief: Sir — I have the honor to report the practical demolition of Fort Sumter as the result of the seven days bombardment of the work, during two days of which a powerful northeasterly storm most severely affected the accuracy of our fire. Fort Sumter is to-day a shapeless and harmless mass of ruins. My chief of artillery, Colonel J. W. Turner, reports its destruction so
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
d at Newbern, and left the most important position, Plymouth, with but four vessels, only two of which were of any force, to defend the place against an iron-clad represented to be almost a match for the far-famed Merrimac. Although the attack commenced on the 18th, and lasted until the 20th, no vessels were sent from the naval forces in the sounds or soldiers from the military posts at other points. Major-General Peck, commanding at Newbern, writes to General Butler as follows: Headquarters, Army of The District of North Carolina, Newbern, N. C., April 20th, 1864. General: * * * * * The enemy have appeared in force in front of Plymouth, and attacked the place. The ram has sunk the Southfield, disabled the Miami, and passed below Plymouth. The sound is probably by this time in possession of the enemy, and Roanoke Island will undoubtedly soon be attacked, if it has not been already. Washington, N. C., is also threatened. Firing has been heard in that direction all night
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)
will only use those on one side, keeping the boilers (on the side near the enemy) full of water and without steam, with water warm only, and ready to make steam in case of necessity. Slow, deliberate firing is desirable; there will be smoke enough anyhow. Rapid and indiscriminate firing will amount to little or nothing. I hope no shot may be thrown away. David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral Commanding North Atlantic Squadron. Letter of Major-General Butler to Rear-Admiral Porter. Headquarters, Department Virginia and North Carolina, December 25, 1864. Admiral — Upon landing the troops and making a thorough reconnoissance of Fort Fisher, both General Weitzel and myself are fully of the opinion that the place could not be carried by assault, as it was left substantially uninjured as a defensive work by the Navy fire We found seventeen guns protected by traverses, two only of which were dismounted, bearing up the beach and covering a strip of land — the only practicable route