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Liverpool (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
ant, Selim E. Woodworth, Lieutenant-Commander, United States Navy. Commander D. D. Porter, Commanding Mortar Flotilla. Engagement with the ram Arkansas, July 15, 1862. United States Flag-Ship Hartford, below Vicksburg, July 17, 1862. Sir — It is with deep mortification that I announce to the department that, notwithstanding my prediction to the contrary, the iron-clad ram Arkansas has at length made her appearance and taken us all by surprise. We had heard that she was up at Liverpool, in the Yazoo River, and Lieutenant-Colonel Ellet informed me that the river was too narrow for our gun-boats to turn, and was also shallow in places, but suggested that Flag-officer Davis might send up some of his ironclad boats, which draw only six or seven feet of water. When this was proposed to Flag-officer Davis he consented immediately, and General Williams offered to send up a few sharpshooters. The next morning they went off at daylight, and by six in the morning we heard firi
Fort Jackson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
orts refused to stay shelled out, and when the mortars stopped playing on them they would come back from the fields and again open fire. It was not here as at Fort Jackson, where the beseiged were cooped up in casemates with bricks and mortar all around, where a shell in falling would displace huge masses of masonry, dealing deat to report that the officers and men of the ships which accompanied me up the river behaved with the same ability and steadiness on this occasion as in passing Forts Jackson and St. Philip. No one behaved better than Commander J. S. Palmer, of the Iroquois, who was not with me on the former occasion. It pains me much to limit my d along. The batteries out of range of the mortars were very severe, and I am sorry to say that some ships lost, in killed and wounded, as many as they did at Forts Jackson and St. Philip. I regret that the mortars were not able to reach these batteries. About the time the Hartford passed, the Octorora's wheel-ropes got jammed
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 21
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
Algiers (Algeria) (search for this): chapter 21
ap upon the heads of those on board the ships; it was as if bedlam had broken loose and all its inmates were assembled on the levee at New Orleans. Farragut at once ordered the seizure of a large ram which was intended to be a very formidable vessel, but was still unfinished. Before the officer who had been sent to take possession could reach the ram she came floating down the river enveloped in flames. Another was sunk right opposite the Custom House. Others, which were just begun at Algiers, on the opposite side of the river from New Orleans, were burning. Truly, the Queen city of the South was doing her share in building rams to annihilate our Navy and Commerce, but where were our rams that should have been built by the North which boasted of its great skill and resources? These should have been ready to sally out within three months after the war began, to drive the Louisiana, Manassas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Albemarle, and others, back to their holes or crush
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
zed 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 intended to bar the way against any invading squadron approaching New Orleans from the North; but the panic had spread even to that point, and all the guns were spiked and their carriages destroyed. One work eight miles above New Orleans, reached from the Mississippi nearly across to Lake Ponchartrain, and was partly mounted with twenty-six heavy guns, intended to bid defiance to our Navy and Army. A mile above this were two other works waiting only for more of the Norfolk
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
h small charges), and we knew if an enemy was there he could not face a fire like ours, from fifty guns, spread out along the levee for about a mile. After the woods were well shelled, the pickets went in and captured three rebel soldiers, who were helplessly stuck in the mud, from which they had much difficulty in extricating themselves, and cried out lustily that they had surrendered. They were brought in, with their arms and accoutrements. These men state that two regiments, one from Tennessee, the other from Mississippi, were put under arms, and made to believe that they were going to attack some United States troops. Finding the head of our schooners guarded, the rebels attempted to pass through the middle of the wood and enfilade us, but got helplessly stuck in the middle of the swamp, or the thick mud which exists here. While in this condition, our guns commenced shelling the woods, and the two regiments were panic stricken. They threw away their knapsacks, cartridge boxe
Ship Island (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
swung off into the river, where she continued to burn until she blew up with a tremendous explosion, thus ending the career of the last ironclad ram of the Mississippi. There were many persons on the banks of the river witnessing the fight, in which they anticipated a triumph for Secessia; but on the return of the Essex not a soul was to be seen. I will leave a sufficient force of gun-boats here to support the Army, and will return to-morrow to New Orleans, and depart immediately for Ship Island, with a light heart that I have left no bugbear to torment the communities of the Mississippi in my absence. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Flag-officer, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. On Gun-Boat Essex, Off Baton Rouge, August 6, 1862. Sir — This morning at 8 o'clock, I steamed up the river, and at 10 o'clock attacked the rebel ram Arkansas, and blew her up. There is not no
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 21
o England than was Farragut's achievement to the United States. One of Farragut's first acts on reaching Newown from the public buildings, and that only the United States flag be hoisted there. You have the power in ut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, United States Ship Hartford, above Vicksburg. United Stut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, United States Flag-ship Hartford, above Vicksburg. Uniturgeon. Commander Richard Wainwright, Commanding United States Flag-ship Hartford. United States Gun-BoaMajor General. Flag-officer Farragut, Commanding United States flotilla in the Mississippi. Commander D. D. to report the following casualties on board the United States steamer J. P. Jackson during the engagement on teet Surgeon. Commander R. Wainwright, Commanding United States Steamer Hartford. United States Steamer I fired at and wounded several of the crew of the United States gun-boat Sumter. On the 24th, I was necessitate
Gibralter (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
d destruction to the garrison. The fortifications of Vicksburg were scattered over the hills in groups, the guns fifty yards apart, and concealed from view. The heavy shells would whistle over the ships, throwing up the water in spouts and occasionally crashing through the vessels' timbers, to let the invaders know how well Vicksburg was fortified, and what improvements had taken place in this respect within a month. The whole power of the Confederacy had been set to work to save this Gibraltar of the Mississippi, the railroads poured in troops and guns without stint, enabling it to bid defiance to Farragut's ships and the mortar flotilla. There was an area of twenty-eight square miles within which the Federals might throw all the shot and shells they pleased. The Confederates did not mind it much, even when the shots fell in the city. This was their last ditch, so far as the Mississippi was concerned, and here they were determined to make a final stand. Farragut could on
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
osby, Woodworth and Lowry. Commodore W. D. Porter's report of engagement at Port Hudson. report of Commander Riley. When Farragut passed the Chalmette batteriesith 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. Sirproceeded 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 aeans for coal, and I again dropped down the river and awaited her return off Port Hudson. I could discover no guns at this place, but earthworks were in progress, ahe 29th. and reported three batteries as having opened on her whilst passing Port Hudson. She received seventy-three shots in her en passant. I had received informa Thursday, the 28th instant. Nothing of importance occurred until I reached Port Hudson. I noticed earthworks had been thrown up on the bluffs as well as the water
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