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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
sion in his favor on February 13th, as narrated in the following report of Commander Walke to Admiral Foote. U. S. Gun-Boat Carondelet, Near Fort Donelson, Cumive, and that three of them failed to obey the orders of General Grant and Commander Walke to accompany the Carondelet on this reconnoissance; but it gives an unfavoout noon on Thursday, that the avant courier of the fleet, the Carondelet, Commander Walke, had arrived below the fort. In the afternoon the report of her guns was ed with cheer upon cheer by the troops encircling the beleaguered fort. Commander Walke's operations this afternoon, although partaking more of the nature of a rensports with re-enforcements for General Grant of 8,000 men. About midnight Captain Walke reported in person to the flag-officer. After the battle of Fort Donelsoreturned 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
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
passage of the enemy's batteries was considered practicable, and Com. Walke, of the Carondelet, volunteered to perform this perilous duty. Hll. Six thousand prisoners fell into General Pope's hands. Commander Walke in the Carondelet, supported by the Pittsburgh, silenced the h, to Pope and Foote, for their harmonious co-operation, and to Commander Walke and Lieut.-Com. Thompson, who so gallantly passed the enemy's uld run the blockade and join him below Island No.10, and that Commander Walke volunteered to perform what was considered a very hazardous duter that such a service was worthy a much warmer eulogium than Commander Walke received for his successful conduct of a perilous undertaking;nding officer was not entitled to the same amount of credit as Commander Walke. When the Carondelet did arrive below the enemies batterieof her commander and his officers. At the request of General Pope, Walke attacked and silenced every battery below the point where the Feder
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 17: evacuation of Fort Pillow and battle of Memphis. (search)
made her crew prisoners — he also received many persons of the Confederate fleet, who returned and de livered themselves up after their vessels had been deserted. Rear-Admiral Davis says: It is with pleasure that I call the attention of the Department to his personal zeal and activity, the more conspicuous because displayed while the mortar-boats under his command could take no part in the action. Two of the enemy's rams, the Price Battle of Memphis, enemy retreating.--(drawn by Rear-Admiral Walke.) and the Bragg, were sea-going vessels. strongly built and heavily armed, each of them being superior to any in Ellet's fleet. No doubt the enemy calculated a great deal on them. They were saved and refitted, and afterwards formed part of the Union fleet in Western waters. The Sumter and Little rebel were also saved and made use of, but all the rest were destroyed by sinking or blowing up. To those who stood on the river bank at Memphis, this battle must have appeared like a ho
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)
t fury. Captain Bailey's division, led by the Cayuga, passed the line of obstructions in close order, but from this point the vessels were somewhat damaged by the heavy fire of St. Philip before it was possible for them to reply. Captain Bailey kept on steadily in the Cayuga and ran the Farragut's fleet proceeding up the Mississippi River past forts Jackson and St. Philip. Porter's mortar flotilla in the foreground (dressed with trees) bombarding Fort Jackson. (from a sketch by Rear-Admiral Walke, U. S. Navy.) gauntlet safely, pouring in a destructive fire of grape and canister as his guns could be brought to bear. Above the forts the enemy's gun-boats were congregated, and several of them made a dash at the Cayuga at once. but were driven off, the Oneida and Varuna coming to her assistance, and, by their rapid and heavy fire, dispersing the opposing vessels. The coolness and discipline of the Union vessels here showed to great advantage, while this work was more congenia