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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)
ffect, on account of the tremendous fire from the mortar flotilla. The cables were parted, and a passage-way on the left bank of the river opened. For nearly six days and nights the mortars continued their fire-sending in about 2,800 shells every twenty-four hours, or a total of nearly 16,800. At the end of this time the men were giving out, ammunition was exhausted,one schooner — the Carlton--sunk, and the others severely racked by the repeated concussion upon their decks. By the 23d instant, Farragut concluded that the condition of affairs warranted an attempt to pass the forts. A council of the commanding officers decided upon an advance to be made on the early morning of the 24th. Meantime the iron-clad Louisiana had been brought to the forts, and an effort was made by the fort Commander, General Duncan, to have her take up a position below the works, from which her heavy guns would reach the fleet. The following communication from General Duncan to Commander Mitchell
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
ell. United States Flag-Ship Hartford, off the city of New Orleans, April 26, 1862. Sir — On the night of the 23d instant, I went on board of the United States gunboat Sciota, Lieutenant-commander E. Donaldson, the leading vessel of the sec got her off, both remaining in that position over thirty minutes, though seen by the enemy and seldom fired at. On the 23d, I urged Flag-officer Farragut to commence the attack with the ships at night, as I feared the mortars would not hold out,ing it in two, and it annoyed us no more. I did not know it at the time, but thought the ammunition had given out. On the 23d, the order was given to move at 2 o'clock, in the order which the flag officer will mention in his report. The steamers bhilip was at times annoying, and by your direction two vessels at the head of the line directed their fire upon it. On the 23d, the enemy did not reply. April 24, at 3.30 A. M., the firing commencing between the forts and the squadron passing up
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)
e casualties of yesterday; also report of ammunition expended, Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Ed. T. Nichols, Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Division Gulf Blockading Squadron. Commodore W. D. Porter's report of reconnoissance, with account of engagement of the Anglo-American, on the 28th of August, at Port Hudson, La. United States Gun-Boat Essex, off New Orleans, Sept. 9, 1862. Sir — I have the honor to report that, on the 23d ultimo, having remained off the city of Baton Rouge two days after its evacuation by our troops, I proceeded up the river to reconnoitre reported batteries in progress at Port Hudson, Louisiana, and also coal my vessel at Bayou Sara, the only place I could obtain any, save New Orleans. Arriving there, I found the town entirely deserted, and the coal burning. Sending a boat's crew on shore, they were fired at by guerillas from the houses in heavy force. My men drove them out, and burnt the buil
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
was won in the most handsome manner, and Farragut was once more entitled to the heartiest congratulations of his countrymen. This, his last great achievement, had placed him in the foremost rank of naval officers, and the following letter from the Hon. Secretary of the Navy scarcely states the value of the service he had rendered to the Union cause: Navy Department, September 5, 1864. Sir — Your dispatch, numbered 368, is received, informing the Department of the capture, on the 23d ultimo, of Fort Morgan. This is the last and most formidable of all the defences erected to command the entrance of the Bay of Mobile, and it is a gratification that its capitulation was effected sooner than had been anticipated. I will not, in this communication, stop to comment on the bad faith exhibited in the destruction of the arms and property in the fort after its surrender, which is reprobated by you with just severity; but I desire to congratulate you and your command on a series of ac
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
ndered the opinion that the evidence of the deponents, coupled with the character of the vessel, make it reasonably clear that she was intended for warlike use against the United States, and recommended that she be seized without loss of time. Notwithstanding that the urgency of the case was well known to the Government, and notwithstanding also that of the four depositions upon which the law officers chiefly based their opinion, one had been received on the 21st of July, two others on the 23d, and the fourth on the 25th, the report was not presented until the 29th. On that day, however, the Alabama left Liverpool, without an armament, and ostensibly on a trial trip. She ran down to Port Lynas, on the coast of Anglesea, about fifty miles from Liverpool. Here she remained for two days completing her preparations. On the morning of the 31st she got underway and stood to the northward up the Irish Sea; and, rounding the northern coast of Ireland, she passed out into the Atlantic