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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. Expedition to Roanoke Island. Rear-Admiral Goldsborough in command of naval forces. Army forces under command of General Burnside. vessels and officers in command. a nondescript squadron. Commander Rowan given command. description of Roanoke Island. the defenses. attack on works and vessels. barracks at Fort Bartow on fire. Landing of troops at Ashley's harbor. capture of Fort Bartow. destruction of stice. The Federal forces had not yet gained entire possession of the interior waters of the Sound, but that came a few months later, and will all be narrated in its proper place. On the 9th of July, 1862, an expedition was fitted out from Goldsborough's fleet for the examination of certain rivers leading into the Sounds of North Carolina, in order to ascertain whether the enemy was fortifying the river banks or building men-of-war at the small towns in the interior. The expedition consis
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
ode Island. serious loss to the government. operations of Lieutenant Flusser on the Chowan River. attack on Plymouth, N. C. the Southfield disabled. achievements of General J. G. Foster. Army and Navy co-operate in expedition against Goldsborough, N. C. Lieutenant Cushing's expedition against Wilmington pilots. Cushing captures a Fort and puts enemy to flight. other adventures. Lieutenant Flusser's expedition to Hertford, N. C. Confederates attack Fort Anderson. assistance rendered al Foster was fully alive to the value of the naval branch of the forces, and availed himself on all occasions of its services. In December, 1862, he planned an attack upon tie Confederate fortifications of Kinston and the railroad at or near Goldsborough, and asked the co-operation of the naval flotilla, at that time commanded by Commander A. Murray. The following gun-boats were assigned to this expedition: Delaware, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant A. P. Foster; Shawsheen, Acting-Volunteer-Lieu
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
at home. With the dispositions made by the enemy, Sherman felt sure he would have nothing in his rear or on his flank to disturb him, and so pursued his devastating march to the sea — that march which is so celebrated in the annals of the civil war. Notwithstanding all the criticisms of the press on his apparent inactivity, Grant waited patiently until he should hear that Sherman was in a position to prevent Lee and his army from escaping southward. When Sherman made a junction at Goldsboro, N. C., with the forces of Generals Schofield and Terry, which had marched from Wilmington to meet him, the fate of the Confederacy was sealed, and Grant moved on Richmond. While Grant was watching the progress of events which we have detailed above, the Federal naval vessels in the James River, under the immediate command of Captain Melancton Smith, were actively engaged in patrolling the river.guarding Trent's Reach, or in any co-operative service called for by General Grant. About the m
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
rmidable enemy in his rear, and with sufficient addition to his forces from the troops of Schofield and Terry to enable him to hold his own until he reached Goldsborough, N. C., his objective point. The middle of January, 1865, saw Sherman's army in motion for the Carolina campaign. His right wing, under General Howard, was conh he had experienced the strongest resistance, back to Smithfield. The junction of Schofield with Sherman's army was made next day, the 23d of March, 1865, at Goldsborough, and General Johnston and his forces were held as in a vise until the final surrender. These movements had changed the whole state of affairs in North Carolorty of these destructive weapons in one group. This was the last important naval movement undertaken in the Sounds of North Carolina. Sherman's arrival at Goldsborough, and the arrival of troops by sea at Newbern, warned the guerillas, called by the Confederates the home forces, that they could no longer hope to hold their ow
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)
e principal points on the sounds of North Carolina, the United States Government could throw any number of troops into the enemy's rear by way of the Weldon railroad, Newborn and Plymouth, and furnish them with provisions by the same routes; so that Sherman could advance through Georgia and South Carolina without fear of opposition from General Johnston, who after the fall of Fort Fisher evidently gave up the idea of successful resistance, though he did attempt to prevent Sherman reaching Goldsborough — a forlorn hope. Mr. Lincoln appreciated the difficulty with which the Federals had to contend as long as General Johnston with a powerful army kept the field. A check to General Sherman in his progress through the Southern swamps might have prolonged the war for six months, but this could not happen after Fort Fisher had fallen and the Wilmington road was in Federal hands. Many inaccuracies have been stated in regard to the capture of Fort Fisher and the original proposers of the
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
of the South. Though the demoralization in the Confederacy was plainly apparent to those who had eyes to see, yet the majority could not be made to believe that the Confederates could be subjugated. They could not be made to understand that there was anything fatal, in a military point of view, in Sherman's memorable march, though they received daily news of his successful marchings, his occupation of Atlanta, Rear-Admiral Henry K. Thatcher. Savannah, Columbia, and his advance to Goldsborough, driving before him an army quite equal in numbers to his own, before he was joined by Generals Schofield and Terry with some thirty thousand troops, and causing the ablest generals of the Confederacy to fall back before his triumphant legions. If the demoralization of the country could ever be brought to the surface, it was when General Joe Johnston was brought to bay at Smithsville, with Sherman's hardy veterans (that had marched through the South) confronting him, and the victorious t