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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 2: bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter.--destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard by the Federal officers. (search)
d vessels by the Federal authorities. vessels that were saved. the greatest misfortune to the Union cause. the Merrimac, etc., etc. At thirty minutes past 4 o'clock, on April 12, 1861, the first gun of civil war was fired, the battery on James Island discharging the first howitzer shell, which fell inside Fort Sumter, blowing up a building; this was almost immediately followed by another shell, which scattered destruction all around. Fort Moultrie then took up the assault, and in anothenest and fraternal than before, with the Southern section of the country growing more prosperous and more happy under free labor and equal rights for all those who live in the South. In another generation people will likely bless the day when James Island and Moultrie opened their guns on Sumter, and caused to be wiped out that dark blotch on our escutcheon, which the whole world were pointing at and asking us how we could call ourselves a free country while four millions of people were held in
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ons extending across the harbor from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter. These were indicated by several lines of casks, beyond which piles were seen extending from James Island to the Middle Ground. At 2.50 P. M., the guns of Fort Moultrie opened upon the Weehawken, followed shortly after by Fort Sumter, and all the batteries on Su the army available for operations in this quarter, which will meet fresh troops at every sand-hill, and may look also for a reverse fire from the batteries on James Island. As it is considered necessary to menace Charleston by a demonstration of land and naval forces, North Edisto will afford a better point from which to threaaccomplish the purpose of the Government mentioned in your dispatch of the 11th instant, as it is a military point from which Charleston could be attacked now, James Island being fully occupied by the enemy's batteries. I have deemed it proper and due to myself to make these statements, but I trust I need not add that I will ob
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)
flag on Morris Island. Landing of troops at folly and James Islands. attack on forts Sumter and Wagner. results of bombart night, as it was in full view of Fort Johnson and the James Island batteries. In reference to the last two engagements cket and the Commodore McDonough, and make a landing on James Island, which was done. This manoeuvre — a part of the prograt from Wagner disabled one of the Parrott guns; and the James Island batteries, under Lieutenant-Colonel Yates, exploded twong shells into the city from a battery on the marsh between James and Johnson's Islands, and distant five miles from the cityof Fort Sumter. I have also (under a heavy fire from James Island) established batteries on my left, within effective ran why did you not also include the works on Sullivan and James Islands — nay, even the city of Charleston — in the same dispat attack on Sumter opened the Rebellion. The capture of James Island and the occupation of the works upon it, which was feas<
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
ck-pipe and smoke-box to be replaced, and some of the interior pipe that had been cut. The Columbia left on the 23d of May, in tow of the Vanderbilt, and was commanded by Lieutenant Hayward. Defences of Charleston harbor. Fortifications on James Island. Defences of Charleston S. C. Fortifications of Sullivan's Island. I propose to place four of my own new 10-inch guns in the casemate; one at each corner. They weigh about 16,000 pounds, and will throw a solid shot, with forty pounds oermination of the locality of the obstructions, etc., from observations, or from the statements of those who removed them. It is a valuable and highly executed specimen of coast survey work, which is highly creditable. 2. Fortifications on James Island. 3. Fortifications on Sullivan's Island. 4. Defences of Charleston Harbor. These three maps were also executed by Captain Boutelle, of the coast survey. 5, 6 and 7. Rope obstructions between Sumter and Moultrie, their anchors and