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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
officers and crew of this vessel have shown a bravery and cool determination worthy of all praise. While exposed to the iron hail rained over us from both forts, and the simultaneous fire of the enemy's gun-boats on the 24th, not a man flinched from his gun or hesitated in the cool performance of his duty. Where all performed so well it is, perhaps, inviduous to particularize. I may mention, however, as coming under my immediate notice, the deliberate way in which the First Lieutenant, Mr. Green, gave his general superintendence to the serving and supplying the guns, and the other duties assigned him, and the cool, collected manner in which Acting Master W. H. Polleys conned the ship between the forts and throughout, giving his orders to the helm as promptly, decidedly, and coolly as when piloting the vessel to a usual anchorage. Acting Master George Harris, in charge of the pivot gun, and Acting Master's mate, J. H. Hartshorn, in charge of the Parrott rifle gun, did their best t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 23: destruction of the ram Arkansas.--capture of Galveston.--capture of the Harriet Lane.--sinking of the Hatteras.--attack on Baton Rouge.--Miscellaneous engagements of the gun-boats. (search)
enant-Commander Richard L. Law to go outside of the harbor with all the vessels that could move. In the meantime the Confederates had posted their steamers and batteries for a renewed attack. Commander Renshaw got all his men into the boats and sent them off, remaining with his own boat and a few officers to set the Westfield on fire. This they did, but the flames spread so rapidly that they reached the magazine just as Renshaw entered his boat, and he, with Lieutenant Zimmerman, Chief Engineer Green, and a dozen men, were blown up. A flag of truce had been flying during the negotiations but it was soon hauled down on our side and our remaining vessels succeeded in leaving the harbor, after some of them had made a gallant resistance. Lieutenant-Commander Law, (now senior officer), seeing that he had only one vessel, (the Owasco), that was in any condition to meet the Harriet Lane in case she was refitted by the enemy, decided to abandon the blockade, and return to New Orlean
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
eet and troops at Alexandria. up the falls. the abominable cotton traffic. General A. J. Smith's ragged guerillas. bridge of cotton. advance on Shreveport. Banks meets a reverse near Pleasant Hill. battle at Sabine cross Roads. Confederates make good use of Banks' cannon and Army wagons. battle at Pleasant Hill. Banks victorious, but orders a retreat to Grand Ecore. retreat of the fleet impeded. engagement between the Osage and Lexington and 2,500 Confederates under General Green. reports of Lieutenant Commander Selfridge and General Kilby Smith. the Army and Navy at Grand Ecore. minor engagements. battle at Cane River. the Eastport blown up. the attack on the little Cricket. fearful scene of carnage. the Juliet disabled. batteries engaged along the River. dissatisfaction of the Army. the squadron in a bad position. No official account detailing the particulars of this unfortunate expedition was forwarded by General Banks until long after the exped
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
lish a depot of supplies. The depot was established before Banks arrived, and there was no departure from the plan of campaign in making such arrangement. It was a very necessary arrangement, for the campaign could not have been conducted without using Alexandria as a base of supplies. The number, etc., of the enemy's forces is greatly overstated by General Banks. They did not, all told, number more than 20,000 men, among them were 6,000 or 7,000 raw troops from Texas, commanded by General Green. These were badly cut up by the gun-boats at Pleasant Hill Landing. Another mistake of Banks is to be found in the recapitulation of his report. He says eight days may be set down to General Franklin for his tardy movements, and the rest of the time to delay in getting the fleet over the Falls. The General reflects on the Admiral for undertaking to get twenty ironclads of heavy draft over the Falls and up the river on a falling water. There were but six iron-clads in the fleet, an
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 54: capture of Richmond.--the destruction of the Confederate fleet in the James River, etc. (search)
ns. justice Campbell visits the President. Duff Green receives a merited rebuke. President Lincoling and demanded to see the President. I am Duff Green, he said; I want to see Abraham Lincoln, andmyself alone. You tell Abraham Lincoln that Duff Green wants to see him. The officer of the deck dand I would like to talk with him. When Mr. Duff Green passed over the side, he stood defiantly os a little queer; I shan't mind him. When Mr. Green was shown into the cabin, the President arose and offered him his hand. No, said Green, with a tragic air, it is red with blood; I can't touchd at meeting an old and esteemed friend. As Duff Green started on his talk, the outstretched hand wyes faded out. He was another man altogether. Green went on without noticing the change in the Prearm until his lean forefinger almost touched Duff Green's face. Stop, you political tramp, he exclassel another minute! This was something Mr. Duff Green had not calculated upon. His courage fail[2 more...]