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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)
they were fairly startled with the numbers of fast steamers which were constantly falling into our hands, and which the Government often bought and equipped for employment in capturing blockade runners These latter were built in large numbers in England with much profit to the ship-yards of that country, but generally, as fast as they were built, they were picked up by the improvised cruisers under command of some energetic naval officers, and their loss was so greatly felt by the Southern peopf the situation in all its details and that at no time was Congress without information of all that was going on in the Navy, or of what was required to keep it in efficient condition. It was seen very early in the struggle that the policy of England and France was unfriendly to the Union side, which was fully evinced in the case of the Trent later on, and all the influence and argument of the Navy Department was brought to bear upon Congress to place our Navy in a position to meet every att
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 4: death of Ellsworth.--capture of Alexandria, Va.--Potomac flotilla. (search)
nment had been up to that time in not having in the Navy a class of vessels suitable for just such occasions as this, and how poor indeed was our merchant marine when it could provide nothing better than the Freeborn, Anacostia and the Resolute--three high-sounding names, which seem now so insignificant beside the Miantonomoh, Puritan, etc., vessels that eventually revolutionized the navies of the world, and made us, at one time, as regards the defence of our coast, equal if not superior to England and France. On the following day Commander Ward resumed the engagement at Aquia Creek, keeping up an incessant fire for five hours, only ceasing upon the over-fatigue of his men. The enemy were again driven out of their works, but carried their artillery away with them. Some damage was done the flotilla, and the Freeborn was obliged in consequence to go to Washington for repairs; there was no loss of life, nor were there any wounded on this occasion. The flotilla had been increased b
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 6: naval expedition against Port Royal and capture of that place. (search)
and has stood the test of criticism both at home and abroad. It was not so momentous an affair as the battles of New Orleans, Mobile or Fort Fisher; but it was of greater importance to the country, for it was a gleam of sunshine bursting through the dark clouds which enveloped the Union horizon. The Union forces had met with little save misfortune from the day when the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter, and the battle of Bull Run had humiliated us before the world and incited France and England to meddle in our affairs. The victory at Port Royal put new life into Union hearts. The North had seen arsenals and fort all Interior of Fort Beauregard at Bay Point, S. C., captured by the naval forces under Captain Dupont. along the Southern coast fall into Confederate hands with scarcely an effort made to prevent it, and now, when least expected,the Union people were exalted in their own estimation. The Navy had come to the rescue and gained a complete victory in the immediate vic
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
pitating the United States into a war with Great Britain, at a time when it was most desirable to h particular in the care of its commerce as Great Britain. She keeps large fleets in all parts of td on with anxiety, anticipating a war between England and the Northern States of the Union. Thisance of the Commissioners on their landing in England, where they expected to be received (when relwires under the sea were flashing the news to England about the outrage to the British flag. Theat with the most friendly feelings towards Great Britain. It was hard to make our people believe t were not in a condition to go to war with Great Britain on a point of this kind, where we could fiselves; and when in like cases on the part of England we had placed her in the wrong in the war of or), as close prisoners. The excitement in England was intense, and all those who entertained il last haughty and unreasonable demand that Great Britain will ever make upon the United States. Sh[28 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
cautions to this effect they rather overdid the matter. The lesson was not lost on the Government during the war. The experience we gained by the loss of the Congress and Cumberland was worth a dozen frigates, although we mourned the brave fellows who fell gloriously fighting for their country. Had there been no Merrimac we should never have built those magnificent ironclads, which for a time placed our Navy in the front rank of the navies of the world, and enabled us to bid defiance to England and France, who were too much inclined to meddle with our affairs. The Merrimac taught our legislators the necessity of being more liberal in our naval expenditures, and to build armored vessels such as would not only be able to stand the heaviest seas, but to batter down the strongest forts, or destroy any enemy's vessel that came upon our coast. After the war was over the lesson was unfortunately soon forgotten, and in a few years the Navy, which was so powerful at the close of the
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)
rushed them. They would not have needed the great raft to keep out the Federal gun-boats. Nay, more, these great iron-clads would have made their way up the river and our towns on the Mississippi and its tributaries would have been at their mercy. All this disgrace and mortification was saved the country by the energy, zeal, and bravery of the Navy, in wooden ships armed with smooth-bore guns. St. Vincent, the Nile, Trafalgar, were all great victories, but they were no more important to England than was Farragut's achievement to the United States. One of Farragut's first acts on reaching New Orleans was to send Captain Bailey on shore, accompanied by Lieutenant George H. Perkins, to demand from the mayor the surrender of the city. These two officers went on their perilous service without an escort and passed right through the crowd of maniacs who were making all sorts of threats from the levee at any one who should dare come on shore from the ships. At this time the whole cit
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 32: Navy Department.--energies displayed.--building of iron-clads (search)
he heaviest ships of any foreign navy. There was at one time in England a large number of British naval officers who would not listen to tr until that time built in any navy, placed us on an equality with England and France, and gave our government a sure plan they could follow was building a Navy capable of setting at defiance even France or England. While Mr. Fox, the Assistant Secretary, was bending all his en. Lenthall was notified that the Confederates were having built in England fast clippers armed with English guns, manned by English seamen, am has been combined in all the grand fighting-ships of the line in England. The Monitor turret has even been used for land fortifications, aanxiety was felt lest we might be involved in a war with France or England that patriotic feelings got the upper hand of sectional tendencies which grew up a Navy that at one time bade defiance to France and England, who, in consequence, let us alone to work out our own destiny.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
To look at the beautiful lines of one of these small steamers (which often carried cargoes worth half a million) as she skimmed over the water, it would seem impossible that our improvised cruisers could overtake her. These vessels, built in England with all the science known to English ship-builders, were sent fearlessly upon our coast, with a certainty that nothing we had could overtake them. Yet how mistaken the British builders were with regard to Yankee watchfulness and naval pluck! Every mail would carry the news to England of their fastest vessels having been picked up by Federal cruisers — though they may have made several successful runs ere they came to grief. It is said that if one blockade-runner out of three could make a successful passage, it would more than cover the cost of all. On August 18th, one of these clippers, the Hebe, attempted to run into Wilmington by the New Inlet channel. There were several blockaders on the alert, and among them the Niphon--wh
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
th their heavy iron-clads and monstrous guns, and note the rapidity with which DuPont's squadron captured the works at Hilton Head, etc., in comparison with the long-drawn-out battle at Alexandria against forts only a trifle superior to those at Port Royal. and the palm will be given to the American squadron as an exhibition of skill. That affair did a great deal to impress foreign Governments with the power of our guns, and the indomitable energy of our officers and seamen; and though Great Britain, about that time, or shortly after, did threaten us in a manner that was anything but agreeable to the American people, yet that Government would have entered upon the fulfillment of their threats with misgivings — the growth of former disappointments in the War of 1812. Aside from his recently acquired renown, there was no officer in the United States Navy better known abroad than Rear-Admiral DuPont. Many years of his life had been passed in the Mediterranean Squadron, where he trave
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 38: review of the work done by the Navy in the year 1863. (search)
supplies for the Confederate armies. Many fast steamers from the Clyde, and other parts of Great Britain, continued to elude the utmost efforts of the blockading squadron, and reached Wilmington wiy Department was indifferent to the ravages committed by the Confederate cruisers fitted out in England for the destruction of Federal commerce. The prompt recognition of the Confederates as belligeerefrom. While the United States had a large mercantile marine scarcely second to that of Great Britain, the Confederates had actually none whatever. In a short time the latter were able by variocknowledgment of belligerent rights operated, and how much fairness there was on the part of Great Britain in carrying out the proclamation she claimed to have issued to insure equal treatment to bot, carrying supplies to the Confederates. The Alabama, Georgia and Florida were fitted out in England, and supplied with an English armament. Their crews were mostly Europeans, and they sailed som
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