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d their guns. The fire of the St. Louis was precise, and the shot told well. The officers and men of this vessel behaved with firmness, Mr. Riley, the first Master, carrying out all my orders strictly, while the officers of the gun divisions, Messrs. Loving and Ferry, paid particular attention to the pointing of their respective guns. Mr. Britton, my Aid, paid all attention to my orders, and conveyed them correctly and with alacrity; in fact, all the officers and men on board behaved like veterans. Your obedient servant, W. D Porter, Commander. Flag-Officer Foote, in forwarding this report, says: Cairo, Jan. 13, 182. sir: I forward a report from Commander Porter. The rebel gunboat shells all fell short of our boats, while our shells reached and ranged beyond their boats, showing the greater range of our guns, but the escape of the rebels showed the greater speed of their boats. Your obedient servant, A. H. Foote, Flag-Officer. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary Navy.
g the little experience they have had under fire, far more than realized my expectations. Fort henry was defended, with the most determined gallantry, by Gen. Tilghman, worthy of a better cause, who, from his own account, went into the action with eleven guns of heavy calibre bearing upon our boats, which he fought until seven of the number were dismantled, or otherwise rendered useless. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. H. Foote, Flag Officer. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy, Washington. The killed and wounded on board the Cincinnati. United States Flag-steamer Cincinnati, February 6, 1862. sir: I have the honor to report that the casualties on board this vessel, during the bombardment of Fort Henry, from the effects of the enemy's fire, were: Killed, one; wounded, nine; total, ten. Respectfully, R. N. Stembel, Commander, United States Navy. To A. H. Foote, Commanding Naval Forces Western Waters: sir: As Capt. Porter
ccessful pursuit and capture and destruction of the rebel steamers, and the dispersion of the hostile camps, as far up the river as Florence. I most cordially and sincerely congratulate you and the officers and men under your command, on these heroic achievements, accomplished under extraordinary circumstances, and after surmounting great and almost insuperable difficulties. The labor you have performed, and the services you have rendered in creating the armed flotilla of gunboats in the Western waters, and in bringing together, for effective operation, the force which has already earned such renown, can never be over-estimated. The Department has observed, with no ordinary solicitude, the armament that has so suddenly been called into existence, and which, under your well-directed management, has been so gloriously effective. I am, respectfully, Your obedient servant, Gideon Welles. To Flag-Officer A. H. Foote, U. S.N., Commanding Gunboat Flotilla, etc., Cairo, Illinois.
Doc. 46.-capture of Fort Donelson. Commodore Foote's report. U. S. Flag-ship St. Louis, near Fort Donelson, via Paducah, February 15, 1862. To the Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: I made an attack on Fort Donelson yesterday, at three o'clock P. M., with four iron-clad gunboats and two wooden ones, and after one hour and a quarter severe fighting, the latter part of the day within less than four hundred yards of the Fort, the wheel of this vessel and the tiller of the Louplace. I have sent the Tyler to the Tennessee River to render the railroad bridge impassable. A. H. Foote, Flag-Officer Commanding Naval Force Western Division. Official despatch from Commodore Foote. Cairo, ill., February 17. To Hon. G. Welles, Secretary of the Navy: The Carondelet has just arrived from Fort Donelson, and, brings information of the capture of that Fort by the land forces yesterday morning, with fifteen thousand prisoners. Johnston and Buckner are taken prisoners
Doc. 52.-the capture of Clarksville. The following is the official announcement by Commodore Foote of the capture of Clarksville, in Tennessee: Clarksville, Tenn., February 20, 1862. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: We have possession of Clarksville. The citizens being alarmed, two thirds of them have fled, and, having expressed my views and intentions to the Mayor and Hon. Cave Johnson, at their request I have issued a proclamation assuring all peaceably disposed persons that they may with safety resume their business avocations, requiring only the military stores and equipments to be given up, and holding the authorities responsible that this shall be done without reservation. I left Fort Donelson yesterday with the Conestoga, Lieut. Commanding Phelps, and the Cairo, Lieut. Commanding Bryant, on an armed reconnoissance, bringing with me Col. Webster of the Engineer Corps, and chief of Gen. Grant's staff, who, with Lieut. Commanding Phelps, took possession
Doc. 72.-fight at Pittsburgh, Tenn. Commodore Foote's report. Cairo, March 3, 1862. Hon. Gideon Welles: Lieut. Commanding Shirk has this moment arrived from the Tennessee River, and brings full despatches from Lieut. Commanding Gwin, of the gunboat Tyler, a synopsis of which is, that the two gunboats proceeded up to Pittsburgh, near the Mississippi line, where a rebel battery was opened upon them, consisting of six guns, one of them being rifled, which were soon silenced by the gunboats. Ninety mounted men landed under cover of the gunboats, and charged upon the enemy, driving them some distance, until they were strongly reenforced, when our party withdrew to the boats. Then three rebel regiments opened upon the gunboats, but were repulsed with great slaughter. The casualties on our side amounted to five killed and missing and five wounded. Lieutenants Commanding Gwin and Shirk, with their commands, have behaved with great gallantry and judgment. An election for
Georgia controls the State of Georgia. The report that the fortifications at St. Simon's, armed with heavy columbiads, had been abandoned, which first reached me at Port Royal, is confirmed. This being the case, the entire sea-coast of Georgia is now either actually in my possession, or under my control, and thus the views of the Government have been accomplished. Very respectfully your most obedient servant, S. F. Du Pont, Flag-Officer Commanding South Atlantic Block. Squad. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington. Commander Drayton's report. U. S. Steamer Pawnee, Fernandina, March 4, 1862. sir: In obedience to your order of the second of March, I left at daylight on the next morning, accompanied by the following gunboats and other light-draft vessels, namely: the Ottawa, Lieut. Commanding Y. H. Stevens; Seneca, Lieut. Commanding D. Ammen; Huron, Lieut. Commanding G. Downes; Pembina, Lieut Commanding J. P. Bankhead; Isaac Smith, Lieut. Commanding J.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 82.-fight in Hampton roads, Va., March 8th and 9th, 1862. (search)
fight in Hampton roads, Va., March 8th and 9th, 1862. Flag-officer Marston's report. United States steamer Roanoke, Hampton roads, March 9, 1862. To Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: I have the honor to inform you that yesterday, at one o'clock, one of the lookout vessels reported, by signal, that the enemes with great courage and coolness. I have the honor to be your very obedient servant, G. J. Van brunt, Captain U. S. N., Commanding Frigate Minnesota. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, washington, D. C. Commander Radford's report. Fortress Monroe, Va., March 10, 1862. sir: It is my painful duty to have tthing on shore save what he stood in, consequently I have no muster-roll of the crew. Very respectfully your obedient servant, Wm. Radford, Commander. The Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Report of the Sick and Wounded of the United States sloop-of-war Cumberland, March 10, 1862: Geo. W. Butt, seaman, Virginia, h
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 84 1/2.-naval operations in Florida. (search)
ons in the ranks of the flying enemy. This gives us possession of a second national fort of strength and importance. Since writing the above, I have received by the Isaac Smith a report from Lieut. Commanding Stevens of his operations in the St. John's River, giving details of great interest. From Lieut. Commanding Nicholson I learn with regret of acts of vandalism on the part of the rebel commanders, (not the people,) in setting fire to vast quantities of lumber, and the saw-mills in that region, owned by Northern men, supposed to have Union sympathies. In all this varied and difficult service, having to contend with surf shores, dangerous bars, and inland navigation, in an enemy's country, I think it due to the officers and men under my command to say that they have, on all occasions, displayed great spirit and ability, fully coming up to my requirements and expectations. Very respectfully, etc., S. F. Du Pont, Flag-Officer. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
, and had no superior probably among the patriotic men who have been appointed in the navy from the mercantile marine. Very respectfully, your obedient servant. S. F. Du Pont, Flag-Officer Commanding South-Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Flag-ship Wabash, off St. Augustine, Florida, March 25, 1862. sir: The following casualties occurred in the attack upon the gunboat expedition under Acting Lieut. Budd: Acting Lieut. T. A. Budd, Penguin, kille S.,) do. do.; A. W. Kelsey, Acting Assistant Paymaster, do., wounded in hand; Walter Bradley, Acting Third Assistant-Engineer, do., wounded in forehead; Thomas Welch, (O. S.,) do., wounded and a prisoner; Henry C. Rich, (O. S.,) do. do.; James T. Allen, (O. S.,) do., wounded in thigh. I herewith enclose Dr. Clymer's report of the wounds received by Lieutenant Budd and Acting Master Mather. Very respectfully, etc., S. F. Du Pont, Flag-Officer. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
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