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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 1: organization of the Navy Department.--blockade-runners, etc. (search)
Chapter 1: organization of the Navy Department.--blockade-runners, etc. Organization of the Navy Department. the wretched condition of the Navy at the outbreak of the civil war. what could have been done. blockade runners. loss to the Confederacy. prizes. naval triumphs. faithful officers. Gideon Wells. Gustavus V. Fox. lavish praise of the Army. unprepared for war. Premeditated secession. separate government the Navy and the happy condition of affairs now existing, &C. At the outbreak of the great rebellion our Navy was not in a condition to render that assistance which the occasion demanded; the larger portion of it was employed on foreign stations, and the Government had not at its disposal a class of vessels that could enter Southern ports and act offensively. Had a proper naval force existed at the time the Southern people first proposed to throw off their allegiance to the Union, there would have been less difficulty in suppressing the efforts of t
ociety for the promotion of National Unity. President Lincoln, on the day after his inauguration, submitted to the new Senate the names of those whom he had chosen to preside over the several Departments, and who thus became, by a usage which has no express warrant in the Constitution, his official counselors. They were William H. Seward, of New York, Secr'y of State; Salmon P. Chase, of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury; Simon Cameron, of Pennsylvania, Secretary of War; Gideon Wells, of (Connecticut, Secr'y of the Navy; Caleb B. Smith, of Indiana, Secretary of the Interior ; Edward Bates, of Missouri. Attorney-General; Montgomery Blair, of Maryland, Postmaster-General. Mr. Jefferson Davis, ruling at Montgomery, had already constituted his Cabinet, which consisted of Robert Toombs, of Georgia, Secretary of State; Charles G. Memminger, of South Carolina, Secretary of the Treasury; Leroy Pope Walker, of Alabama, Secretary of War; to which were
ccordance with the arrangements made before the expedition left Cape Hatteras Inlet. A detailed account of the operations of the naval branch of the expedition will be forwarded to the Department hereafter. I beg to submit herewith a copy of a general order to be read on the quarter-deck of each vessel belonging to that branch of the expedition. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, L. M. Goldsborough, Flag-Officer Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. To the Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy. General order. The following is the General Order: Your efforts of yesterday and the day before against the enemy, were alike worthy of your-selves and the sacred cause our glorious flag up-holds. I thank you for them, and congratulate you upon the results achieved. No commander-in-chief could have been more gallantly sustained, or could have desired a more gratifying display of coolness, skill and discipline. We have yet more work of the
rs were also given to burn what steamers the rebels were building at that place, but not to destroy or molest any other property belonging to the citizens. The expedition, in command of Capt. S. C. Rowan left Roanoke Island on Sunday, February ninth, at three o'clock P. M. It was composed of the following steamers: Delaware, Lieut. Com. Quackenbush, the flag-ship; Underwriter, Lieut. Corn. W. N. Jeffers; Louisiana, Lieut. Com. Murray; Lockwood, Acting Master Graves; Seymour, Lieut. Corn. Wells; Hetzell, Lieut. Com. Davenport; Shawsheen, Acting Master Woodruff; Valley City, Lieut. Corn. Chaplin; General Putnam, Acting Master Hotchkiss; Commodore Perry, Lieut. Corn. Flusser; Ceres, Acting Master MacDiarmid; Morse, Acting Master Hayes; Whitehead, Acting Master French; Brincker, Acting Master Giddings, making fourteen in all. The distance to Elizabeth City from Roanoke Island, is some thirty-five or forty miles. We came in sight of Elizabeth City about three o'clock, and, as w
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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)
sota. Vessel on fire. Shortly after received orders to get bags and hammocks on board of the Whitehall. The following is a list of officers at the time: Acting Master Commanding.--Wm. Watson. First Engineer.--Wm. A. Seward. Second Engineer.--Thomas Jordan. Master's Mate.--Wm. Bowdin. Quartermaster.--Ben. S. Hungerford. Steward.--Jeferine Banditche. Six firemen and ten seamen. Wm. Watson, Captain. G. V. Fox's despatch. Fortress Monroe, March 9, 6.45 P. M. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy: The Monitor arrived at ten P. M., yesterday, and went immediately to the protection of the Minnesota, lying aground just opposite Newport News. At seven A. M., to-day, the Merrimac, accompanied by two wooden steamers and several tugs, stood out toward the Minnesota and opened fire. The Monitor met them at once, and opened her fire, when all the enemy's vessels retired, excepting the Merrimac. These two iron-clad vessels fought, part of the time touching each
ly; Geo. White, marine, slightly; Mr. Cauley, carpenter, severely; Mr. Heisler, lieutenant of marines, slightly. Total, ten. On the Brooklyn--Mr. James O'Kane, Master, severely; Jas. Stafford, Acting Master, slightly; E. J. Lowe, Master's Mate, slightly; Wm. McBride, seaman, severely; Levin Heath, marine, slightly; Thos. Griffin, landsman, severely; John Willoughby, ordinary seaman; John Chase, seaman, slightly; E. Blanchard, ordinary seaman, severely; J. R. Sanders, marine, contusion; Mr. Wells, seaman, contusion; Robert Hamson, ordinary seaman, contusion; J. Hassett, landsman, contusion; G. Coventry, gunner, contusion; L. Killion, marine, slightly; Cornelius Martin, ordinary seaman, probably mortally; James H. Powell, ordinary seaman, slightly; H. O. Buskin, ordinary seaman, severely; John Willis, ordinary seaman, severely; John Daurin, landsman, slightly; James Welbey, captain of the mizzen-top, severely; Alexander Anderson, landsman, severely; James Black, Quartermaster, sligh
g Ensign H. B. O'Neill, commanding United States steamer Curlew, giving an account of an attack made upon that vessel, on the morning of May twenty-fifth, by a rebel battery of ten or twelve guns, opposite Gaines's Landing. It appears that, although taken somewhat by surprise, all were quickly at their stations, and behaved well during the engagement, which lasted about twenty minutes. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. Report of Acting Ensign H. B. O'Neill. United States steamer Curlew, May 24, 1864. sir: I have the honor to report to you that at five o'clock this morning, when opposite Gaines's Landing, Arkansas, we were fired into from a battery on shore, consisting of ten, if not of twelve, guns. At least six full volleys were fired at us. One twelve-pound shell struck the casemate of this vessel, lodging upon the ground without exploding. Tw
Admiral Porter to know that I expect to be ready to move about the fifteenth; that I have one head of column across Savannah River at this point, will soon have another at Port Royal Ferry, and expect to make another crossing at Sister's Ferry. I still adhere to my plan, submitted to General Grant, and only await provisions and forage. . . . . I am, with respect, etc., W. T. Sherman, Major-General. flag-steamer Harvest Moon, Port Royal Harbor, Jan. 22, 1865. Despatch No. 83. Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: The Department is already advised by my previous letters, and no doubt more fully by intelligence from the War Department, of the precise object of General Sherman's operation. To assist in this, a diversion is to be made upon Charleston, though General Sherman is directly opposed to any direct attack, from seaward, upon the harbor or upon James Island. General Foster will not, therefore, engage in any thing of the kind, but will, conjointly with me,
er gradual edging to the leeward, leading us to suppose she was seeking men who were drifting in the current, and then taking advantage of the hazy weather to make off, while our boats were out busy in rescuing the larger part of the prisoners who were struggling in the water. It was my mistake at the moment that I could not recognize an enemy who, under the garb of a friend, was affording assistance. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, John A. Winslow, Captain. Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of Navy, Washington, D. C. Letter from Surgeon J. M. Browne. United States steamer Kearsarge, deal roads, England, July 23, 1864. dear sir: I deem it appropriate to acquaint you with certain details appertaining to the engagement and its results between this vessel and the Alabama. The gun's crews were instructed in the application of tourniquets made for the occasion, and an ample supply furnished each division. Cots for the transportation of the wounded wer
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