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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
aged to build gun-boats. depot established at Cairo. Navy yard at Mound City. Flag-officer Footethere blocked the way for Army transports from Cairo to the sea. Then the Army began to talk of imp's first acts was to establish a depot at Cairo, Illinois, where his vessels could berepaired and cwho remember the Navy Yard at Mound City, near Cairo, and the large fleet which grew from the small Pennock was placed in command of the depot at Cairo, the navy yard being literally afloatin wharf equently established at Mound City, just above Cairo, the Union exulted in the possession of a real 1861, he established his Headquarters at Cairo, Illinois. His district included Southern Illinoisity, seizing Columbus, some twenty miles below Cairo, and threatening Paducah; whereupon Grant seizal Grant's staff. At Norfolk, six miles below Cairo, the Taylor took on board a hundred men of thee having been completed the vessel returned to Cairo. The Taylor and Lexington were constantly e
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 14: battle and capture of Fort Henry by the Navy. (search)
Army contingent was greatly hampered by detailed instructions furnished by the Commander-in-Chief. Grant started from Cairo on the 2d of February, 1862, with 17,000 men in transports, and Foote accompanied him with seven gun-boats. After reconn of the 5th of February, and Grant having an insufficiency of transports was obliged to send some of his steamers back to Cairo to bring up part of his command. He did not therefore succeed in getting all his men on shore until 11 P. M. The origes in readiness to take the works by storm promptly on the receipt of orders. Commodore Foote's iron-clad gun-boats at Cairo. The fleet got under way at two o'clock on the day of the battle in the following order: The Essex, 9 guns, Corn. Wm Your ob't servant, [Signed] Gideon Welles. Flag-officer A. H. Foote, U. S. N., Commanding Gun-boat Flotilla, &c., Cairo, Ill. Official thanks to the Army and Navy. The State of Ohio deemed this battle sufficiently important to merit a vot
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
the gun-boats are crippled and withdraw. Flag-officer Foote wounded. gallantry of Captain Walke. losses. General Grant's victory. results. gunboats repair to Cairo. Grant prepares to advance towards Shiloh. battle at Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh). services rendered by the gun-boats Lexington and Taylor. Captain Gwin's reportfficer due credit for what he accomplished, without, as a rule, going beyond official reports. After the battle of Fort Donelson, Foote's gun-boats had to go to Cairo for repairs, which they sorely needed, and to replenish their crews, for they were all very much in want of men. As fast as the vessels were made ready for serv hull and her crew being more cut up and disabled than any other gun-boat of the squadron. As General Grant could then dispense with her services, she returned to Cairo for repairs. Arriving there on the morning of the 17th, Commander Walke reported to the flag-officer the success of our arms, and the surrender of Fort Donelson t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
iged to drop down before the fire of the works at Fort Donelson, Flag-officer Foote proceeded to Cairo to repair some of his vessels, leaving behind him the iron-clads Louisville, Commander B. M. Dovan opportunity occur. Having accomplished the object of the reconnoissance, Foote returned to Cairo, February 23, with a view to complete all the gun-boats and mortar-rafts and make the necessary prolonging the war for four years. On the 4th of March Flag-officer Foote got under way from Cairo, and proceeded down the river towards Columbus. Besides the flag-ship Benton, there were the Moenemy's gunboats above Fort Pillow, offers more obstacles to our mode of attack than any between Cairo and New Orleans, but of this you may rest assured that they will never penetrate further down thent for himself, his gallant officers and crew: especially since all in the squadron had shown such courage and energy, ever since the day when Foote first left Cairo with the gun-boats and mortars.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 17: evacuation of Fort Pillow and battle of Memphis. (search)
ne 4th, a great many explosions were heard in the fort, which indicated to the officers of the fleet that the enemy was preparing to evacuate. The Flag-officer on receiving this intelligence, gave orders for the gun-boats to get under way at 4 o'clock on the morning of June 5th, and to move down the river in the following order: Benton, Mound City, Louisville, Carondelet. Cairo, and St. Louis. (The Mound City had been fished up out of the river and repaired, but the Cincinnati was still at Cairo.) Since the battle with the Confederate rams a new organization had been added to the Union fleet in the shape of a ram flotilla,commanded by a very gallant man, Col. Charles Ellet, of the U. S. Army. These vessels were simply ordinary river steamers converted into rams, though not in a very effective manner. They had been strengthened with timber and had the boilers partially protected from shot, but they were not nearly so well designed as the Confederate rams. They were named the Mo
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 18: capture of forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the surrender of New Orleans. (search)
d practice with them at that point. When these formidable mortars arrive, and you are completely ready, you will collect such vessels as can be spared from the blockade and proceed up the Mississippi River and reduce the defences which guard the approaches to New Orleans, when you will appear off that city and take possession of it under the guns of your squadron, and hoist the American flag therein, keeping possession until troops can be sent to you. If the Mississippi expedition from Cairo shall not have descended the river, you will take advantage of the panic to push a strong force up the river to take all their defences in the rear. Farragut, as soon as possible, proceeded to his station, and assumed command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. While the foregoing plans were developing at the North, the Confederates had not remained inactive. Acquainted, almost from its incipiency, with the object of the expedition, they had exerted themselves to the utmost in stre
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
r, and from thence carry on operations against the enemy, but he found that nothing could be done in the Yazoo at low water, and besides, the enemy had constructed formidable barricades, well defended by heavy batteries, at Haines' Bluff, some miles above the mouth of the river; and with these he had not sufficient force to contend. His line of operations was entirely too extended for the force he had in hand, and all his vessels needed repairs. Flag-officer Davis, therefore, returned to Cairo, where, in October, 1862, he was relieved from the command of the Mississippi Squadron by Acting-Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. The following reports will give a pretty full account of what was done in the first naval attack on Vicksburg. Flag-officer Farragut reports the necessity of 12,000 to 15,000 army forces to cooperate in the taking of Vicksburg. Flag-Ship Hartford, above Vicksburg, June 28, 1862. Sir — I passed up the river this morning, but to no purpose; the enemy lea
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 24: Second attack on Vicksburg, etc. (search)
iral Porter took command of the Mississippi Squadron in October, 1862. Rear-Admiral Davis had ordered all the vessels except the Benton and the Carondelet up to Cairo for repairs, for what with being rammed and shaken up by constant firing of the guns, they required a thorough overhauling. There being at this moment no actualsburg never would have been taken if it had depended on General McClernand's raising an Army sufficient for the purpose, the admiral, immediately on his arrival at Cairo, sent a message to General Grant, at Holly Springs, Miss., informing him of McClernand's intention, that he, Porter, had assumed command of the Mississippi Squadron, and was ready to cooperate with the Army on every occasion where the services of the Navy could be useful. A few days afterwards General Grant arrived at Cairo and proposed an expedition against Vicksburg, and asking the rearadmiral if he could furnish a sufficient force of gun-boats to accompany it. Grant's plan was to embar
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 25: capture of Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. (search)
ed to do, being military commander of the department. Mississippi Squadron, January 1, 1863. (excepting some of the vessels engaged at Vicksburg.) Acting Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, Commander-in-Chief. Receiving-ship Clara Dolson. (Cairo.) Lieutenant-Commander, Thomas Pattison, Acting-Assistant Surgeon, Emile Gavarret; Paymaster, Edward May; Acting-Master, John C. Bunner; Acting-Ensigns, E. C. Van Pelt and D. W. Tainter; Acting-Master's Mates, H. G. Masters and John D. Holmes; Wilmot Duley; Acting-Engineers, Geo. Kimber and C. F. Yager. Steam-tug Lilly. Acting-Ensign, Richard H. Smith; Acting Engineers, James Miller and J. C. Jones. Steam-tug Myrtle. Acting-Engineer, Thomas Guernsey. Naval station at Cairo, ill. Commander, Alex. M. Pennock, Fleet-Captain; Paymaster, A. E. Watson, Inspector-in-charge; W. Brenton Boggs, Purchasing Paymaster and Navy Agent; E. W. Dunn, Paymaster attached to Squadron; A. H. Gilman, Paymaster attached to Station; Acting
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 26: siege of Vicksburg. (search)
West, Monarch, Switzerland, and Lioness, rams; During the following month the Lafayette and Indianola, iron-clads, joined the fleet. The carpenter shops, machine shops, provision boats, ordnance department, hospital, etc., (all on large steamers) were ordered to the mouth of the Yazoo; also ten of the mortar boats which had been used by Foote and Davis at Island No.10 and Fort Pillow. Besides these, there were a number of tin-clads with light batteries stationed all along the river from Cairo to Vicksburg, each vessel having its beat. In this manner the Army transports were conveyed from one station to another, and the gun-boats performed this duty so efficiently that during the whole siege of seven months, the transportation of troops and stores was not interrupted. The guerillas along the bank were so handled by these small vessels, and so summarily dealt with, that they soon withdrew to other parts. General Grant soon saw that Vicksburg could not be taken by the Army si
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