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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
d be, in connection with the heavy batteries that lined the harbor, and the rebel iron-clads. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. A. Dahlgren, Rear-Admiral, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. The best illustration that can be given of the strength of Charleston is this notice of the obstructions added to an account of its fortifications. The strong positions in which the latter were placed, and the sted with you in efficient blockade of the coast and harbors at a central and important position of the Union, and in the work of repossessing the forts and of restoring the authority of the Government in the insurgent States. Respectfully, Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Rear-Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Washington, D. C. South Atlantic Squadron, January 1, 1865. Rear-Admiral J. A. Dahlgren, Commanding. Staff Lieutenant-Commander Joseph M. Bradford, Fleet-Captain; Lieutena
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)
his command, the congratulations for this victory, which places in our possession, with but one exception, all the chief points on the Southern coast, and bids fair to be the closing naval contest of the rebellion. Very respectfully, etc., Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Acting-Rear-Admiral H. K. Thatcher, Commanding West Gulf Blockading Squadron, etc. Conditions of surrender. Memorandum of the conditions of the surrender of the Confederate naval forces serving under the ce city, he had placed himself in a position to do so effectually had not the rebels deprived him of the opportunity by flight. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, H. K. Thatcher, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding West Gulf Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. There seems to have been an unusual loss of Federal vessels in these combined operations, from the effects of torpedoes, which might indicate a want of due care in approaching the rivers, where it was known that
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
which the Government of Brazil accepted, only stipulating that the Florida and those captured in her should be sent back to Bahia Mr. Secretary Seward did all in his power to make amends for the mistake which had been committed, denouncing it as an unauthorized, unlawful and indefensible exercise of the naval force of the United States within a foreign country, in defiance of its established and duly recognized Government. The fact of Mr. Seward's disapproval was quite enough to make Mr. Secretary Welles give his sympathy to Commander Collins. and, although the Secretary did not express himself openly, there is little doubt that he would have been glad if all the Confederate cruisers could have been disposed of in the same manner. Collins' action, indeed, met with the popular approval, and it would have been a difficult matter to have convicted him had he been brought to trial before a court-martial. The little regard that had been shown by neutral nations, during the civil war,
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 57: the ram Stonewall. (search)
charge: Failing to do his utmost to overtake and capture or destroy a vessel which it was his duty to encounter. The court was composed of nine of the most distinguished officers of the Navy, with Vice-Admiral Farragut as President. The court decided that Commodore Craven had been remiss in his duties, and sentenced him to two years suspension on leave-pay. This sentence was either inadequate to the offence charged, or it was very unjust, which will be plain to the nautical reader. Secretary Welles seemed to think that, notwithstanding the opinion of nine officers of the Navy, the sentence was inadequate to the offence, and addressed a severe communication to the president of the court in returning the proceedings for revision. Whether he was right or not in doing so depends on the latitude the revising authority is allowed in disapproving the finding of a court of officers who are sworn to do their whole duty in the premises. It would seem to be an attempt to deprive them of th
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