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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)
y Southern harbor could have been taken possession of — our ports would have remained in charge of the Federal officers, and if the South did obtain supplies from Europe, they would have been obliged to land them on the open coast. If two monitors like the Miantonomoh and the Monadnock could have entered Charleston harbor when sloops of war not at all suited to the work required of them. Therefore, the Navy Department had to resort to a system of blockade which was called for by all European nations with which the South had held commercial relations. The Southern people once recognized as belligerents, it was necessary to close their ports, and the t was all accomplished, the work can scarcely be comprehended by the ordinary mind, but it is not yet forgotten by those who managed the industrial necessities in Europe, and whose cupidity led them to embark in what was then considered a wide field for accumulating large profits, supposing at the time that our crippled Navy was i
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 6: naval expedition against Port Royal and capture of that place. (search)
othold, and affording an opportunity of throwing into the heart of the South a great army, had we of the North been wise enough to force the fighting in a quarter where it would have eventually brought matters to a speedy conclusion. This happened in the end when Sherman's legions swept through the South,and the Army and Navy closed up the last outlet of the enemy, leaving it only a matter of a short time when he would be compelled to submit. The battle of Port Royal gave the powers of Europe (who were longing for and expecting the success of the South) notice that we could and would win back the forts that had been filched from us, and that our hearts of oak in wooden ships could bid defiance to well-constructed earthworks and solid masonry. This affair showed conclusively that the time-honored theory that one gun on shore was equal to five on shipboard no longer held good, when applied to the heavy artillery carried by modern ships and served with skill and precision. Dup
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
the wildest excitement throughout all parts of the United States and Great Britain; in fact, all Europe looked on with anxiety, anticipating a war between England and the Northern States of the Union.emen were Messrs. Mason and Slidell, formerly members of the U. S. Senate, who were now bound to Europe as commissioners from the Confederate Government to the Courts of England and France; the other considered their false imprisonment, and create an extra amount of sympathy for them throughout Europe. The following is a pretty fair statement of the Commissioners, and as it is a part of the hi have been involved in a war with so powerful a nation, on a question in which all the powers of Europe would be sure to agree with our antagonist. The aggressive position taken by the British Goveioners, Messrs. Mason and Slidell, were far more dangerous to the United States, if let loose in Europe to work against us, than a dozen military men would be; and it was considered absurd to contend
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
ding the coast of Texas. His particular command was the frigate Santee. She was not a suitable vessel for this purpose (being a sailing ship), and her crew of 500 men might have performed more effective service by being divided up amongst five or six small steamers, armed with howitzers. A good deal of force was expended in this way during the war, which might have been exerted to better purpose; but the object of the Navy Department was to have a large number of guns afloat in view of European complications, and these large sailing ships, though perfectly useless for blockading purposes, carried a large number of men who could at times be used with good effect in landing on the enemy's coast. Among the privateers which the Confederates were fitting out was one called the Royal Yacht, which was being prepared in Galveston harbor to be let loose on the Federal commerce. This fact was known to Captain Eagle, and he made preparations to destroy her before she could get to sea.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
ected Bear-Admiral John L. Worden, commander of the Monitor. that the next news would be the total destruction of the Federal fleet at Hampton Roads, and the advance of the Merrimac to Washington. As a result of their victory the Southern people saw an abandonment of the advance on Richmond, the capture of Washington, the laying of the seaboard cities under contribution, the raising of the blockade of the Southern coast, and the recognition of the Confederate Government by the powers of Europe. There was apparently nothing between them and success, for the Federal Government had no means of arresting the disaster which threatened it, except a diminutive, experimental war vessel in which few persons had confidence, and which had not yet reached the scene of action. What hope could there be for the Minnesota, hard and fast aground, or for the frigate Roanoke, with her disabled machinery, or the St. Lawrence with no machinery at all! The commanding officers must either destroy t
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)
territory and separating the two parts by a great river, on the bosom of which the Navy could advance with its gun-boats, and with their heavy guns bring the people along the banks of the Mississippi to a sense of their obligations to the Government. It was the wedge that had been driven into the vitals of the rebellion that would finally tear it asunder, and it was a blow that had been dealt by the Navy alone. It fact, it was a blow that shortened the war one-half, and which rung through Europe in unmistakable language, giving the world to understand that we were determined to hold the legitimate property of the Government in defiance of English threats or French intrigues, and that the Navy, even withits paucity of ships and guns, would again assert its power, energy and devotion to the flag which had always characterised it since we first became a nation. The praise bestowed on the officers and sailors of the fleet by the Secretary of the Navy was nothing more than their due,
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)
n all cases to win, notwithstanding the difficulties to be encountered. The American people do not know, and probably never will appreciate, the value of the capture of New Orleans. Had the city been left three months longer, to perfect its defences and finish its works of offence, our wooden fleet would have been driven North and the entire Southern coast would have been sealed against us. The blockade would have been raised, and the independence of the South recognized by the powers of Europe. All this was prevented by the Navy without the assistance of the Army — that same Navy which is to-day a mere shadow owing to the neglect of Congress to foster and uphold it. What were the intentions of the Confederates at New Orleans can be easily understood by reading Flag-officer Farragut's report. When he went up the river to Baton Rouge, he found the banks bristling with cannon, including many of the guns the government had so ignominiously deserted at Norfolk. These were intende
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)
provided the Confederates with guns enough at Norfolk to fortify it in all its length, and they had not failed to make the most of all their means of defence. The possession of the great river was equally sought by both parties; for it was evident from the first that whichever side obtained control of it and its tributaries would possess an immense advantage. If the Confederates lost it they would be cut off from their great source of supplies and be compelled to obtain everything from Europe through blockade runners. This consideration alone would have been sufficient to account for all the blood and treasure which was expended in its defence, and the strength of the fortifications upon its banks show that the importance of the Mississippi had been well estimated by the Confederate generals at the very beginning of the war. All of the strongholds to the north of Vicksburg had fallen into the hands of the Federals as early as the spring of 1862, and they were now brought face
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 32: Navy Department.--energies displayed.--building of iron-clads (search)
tes Government to excel all other nations in the quality and size of its vessels-of-war. If a steam-frigate was built in Europe of large size and heavily armed, the U. S. Government at once laid down the lines of a larger vessel carrying many more g their appearance and power called forth the applause of all foreign officers who visited them. There were no vessels in Europe of this class that could compare with them; yet, with all these triumphs over foreigners, we had only one vessel at the t the great machine that was turning out ships, gun-boats, iron-clads, etc., with a rapidity that astonished the powers of Europe, who were looking on with amazement at the Federal Government while the latter was building a Navy capable of setting at the first project, and in the end he produced vessels of the Monitor type that had not their equals at that time in any European navy. Whatever alterations may have been made in the Monitor system, the original idea was that of John Ericsson; any
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
me respects the Confederates had advantages superior to our own. The markets of Europe were glutted with rifled guns and engines, and almost all the blockade-runners leston. The fire on the ironclads was such as an equal number of the heaviest European ships-of-war could not have withstood many minutes. The severity of the firdid not pass clear through them. This fight with the Atlanta, therefore, set Europe to thinking, and convinced the Navy Department it had taken a step in the righthe United States Government that it could safely intimate to the governments of Europe that we would submit to no interference in our domestic concerns so long as we ed that we could build vessels that were more than a match for the war-ships of Europe. The news of this engagement was received in Europe with great interest. ItEurope with great interest. It was a contest between English and American ideas. The American idea was the Monitor-built vessel with the 15-inch gun; the English idea was the Atlanta with her pla
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