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Atchafalaya River (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
to be met by the gun-boats Estrella and St. Mary's, and intending to co-operate with General Weitzel in the waters of Atchafalaya. He had on board the 21st Indiana regiment. With a great deal of difficulty he succeeded in getting the Estrella, Sthoun into Atchafalaya Bay, from the channels of which the enemy had removed all the stakes and buoys. Entering the Atchafalaya River the little flotilla met the Confederate iron-clad Cotton, which after a sharp engagement made her escape up the rivnemy had crossed over and was making its way up to Franklin. They were immediately followed by the flotilla up the Atchafalaya River, through Bayou Teche to a point five miles above Pattersonville, and three from the mouth of the Teche — where the Bayou Teche to a point five miles above Pattersonville, and three from the mouth of the Teche — where the enemy was found posted in force. The gun-boats opened fire, and the enemy retreated to a point two miles further up the river, where they had obstructed the approaches with piles, and where they were also supported by the gun-boat Cotton, which ves
Natchitoches (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
owed these formidable works to be built within striking distance of his Army, and at a place which effectually blocked the way against our forces and secured the Red River to the Confederates as a great highway for their supplies. They had for the time being completely turned the tables on us, and although it was their last stand of what metal they are made, and in this instance the metal was of the very best. Farragut in the Hartford, with the Albatross alongside, reached the mouth of Red River, and Port Hudson was as completely cut off from supplies as if fifty gunboats had been there. But this affair was a great triumph to the enemy and equally deprely as heavy a loss as was sustained by the whole fleet at the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip. Rear-Admiral Farragut steamed on up to the mouth of the Red River which he closely blockaded, and remained there until relieved by Rear-Admiral Porter in the Benton on May 2d, 1863, when he returned overland to his fleet below
John Brook (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
stant Engineers, Edward Farmer, F. S. Barlow, Hiram Parker and W. S. Cherry; Acting-Master, T. C. Dunn; Acting-Master's Mates, E. L. Hubbell, R. P. Boss and R. B. Smith; Acting-Assistant-Paymaster, L. L. Penniman. Steamer New London. Lieutenant-Commander, Abner Read: Lieutenant, Benj. F. Day; Acting-Master, W. D. Roath; Acting-Master's Mate Peter Faunce; Acting-Assistant-Surgeon, L. H. Kindall; Acting-Assistant-Paymaster, F. H. Thompson; Acting-Engineers, H. P. Powers, D. M. Howell, John Brooks and Henry Farmer. Gun-boat Kineo. Lieutenant-Commander, George M. Ransom; Lieutenant, Frederick Rodgers; Assistant Surgeon, A. S. Oberly; Assistant Engineers, S. W. Cragg, James Maughlin, C. F. Hollingsworth and C. J. McConnell; Acting-Masters, Oliver Colburn and L. A. Brown; Acting-Masters' Mates, W. S. Keen, John Bartol, Jr., W. H. Davis and G. A. Faunce; Acting-Assistant-Paymaster, S. P. N. Warner. Gun-boat Pembina. Lieutenant-Commander, Wm. G. Temple; Lieutenant, Roderic
Galveston (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
Chapter 23: destruction of the ram Arkansas.--capture of Galveston.--capture of the Harriet Lane.--sinking of the Hatteras.-ates again. destruction of the ram Arkansas. capture of Galveston by a portion of Farragut's Squadron. recapture of GalvesGalveston by the Confederates. destruction of the Westfield. Commander Renshaw and a portion of his crew blown up. the steamer Hw go to the Gulf and arrange for blockading the coast off Galveston. The mortar flotilla steamers were, in October 1862, p with the above named vessels he had captured the city of Galveston after a feeble resistance, and now held it ready for a ga. Union fleet, General Magruder filled the streets of Galveston with a superior force of troops, captured all our soldier Farragut's fleet. As soon as he heard of the capture of Galveston, he sent Captain Bell with the Brooklyn and six gun-boatsone down in nine fathoms of water, twenty miles south of Galveston light. This action offers a good moral, never send a b
Yazoo City (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
as the most formidable vessel on the Mississippi River, and that there would be no security against her while she floated. To render everything secure at Baton Rouge, Farragut left a sufficient force there to guard against all contingencies, and returned to New Orleans, satisfied that for the present he would hear no more of Confederate rams. He was not aware at the time, that the enemy had been so well satisfied with the performances of the Arkansas that they had commenced to build at Yazoo City two more rams, more powerful than any they had yet planned. Great credit was due the officers and men of the little flotilla, which co-operated so handsomely with General Williams in defeating General Breckenridge. particularly to Lieutenant Roe of the Katahdin and Lieutenant Ransom of the Kineo, who threw the enemy's ranks into confusion by the remarkable accuracy of their fire. The commander of the Arkansas, on this occasion, was Lieutenant H. K. Stevens of the Confederate Navy, h
Grand Gulf (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
er. The same summons was given at Vicksburg, where the mayor in the first instance bade defiance to the Army and Navy under Butler and Farragut. The result of the negotiations with the authorities of Vicksburg is best told in the account of the attack by Farragut's squadron, where, owing to the long drawn out negotiations, all the energies of the Confederates had time to concentrate on the defences of the city, which in a month was rendered impregnable against a purely naval attack. Grand Gulf, at that moment a place of no importance, following in the footsteps of its illustrious neighbor Vicksburg, set to work to erect batteries and opened fire on the gun-boats. In consequence of this, Captain Palmer, in the Iroquois, with the other vessels under his command, dropped down the river and shelled the town, the first instance of such a proceeding on the part of our Navy. The little town was set on fire and destroyed. This was considered a great outrage by the Confederates, and w
Centreville (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
mpossible to remove them without the aid of a stronger land force than Buchanan had at his command; for the men of the expedition could not have worked under such a fire as the enemy would have brought to bear upon them from the rifles and field artillery, to say nothing of the guns of the iron-clad which were still intact. The Confederate force was under the command of General Monson, and numbered from three to four thousand men. They were badly cut up, and finally moved their camp to Centreville, three miles above the obstructions, keeping only their cavalry and artillery below. All that day the gun-boats were busy repairing damages. Buchanan, no way disheartened at the superiority of the enemy's force, started up the river, on the 5th, with the Estrella, leaving the other vessels to continue their repairs. The enemy was driven off as before, but the vessel did not fare so well as formerly, a shot from the indomitable Cotton disabled the Parrott gun, killing two men instantl
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
thy of careful investigation. The great importance of the Mississippi to both parties had been manifest from the beginning, but its importance was much greater to the Confederates than to the Federals. It washed the shores of ten different states, northern and southern, and received the waters of fifty or sixty navigable rivers. It was the great connecting link between the two sections, and was in fact the backbone of the rebellion. We had 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
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
d by officers and crew of the Hatteras attempt to pass Port Hudson by Farragut's Squadron and loss of the frigate Mississipth guns, making, besides Vicksburg, another Gibraltar at Port Hudson, which caused much trouble to the Union commanders beforreturned to Baton Rouge. The building of the forts at Port Hudson had so far emboldened the Confederates that they refitte at New Orleans were afterwards employed at the siege of Port Hudson with good effect. On October 6th, Commander Renshaw ral Banks that the former should move with his fleet past Port Hudson, which was at that time well fortified with nineteen heaAlbatross alongside, reached the mouth of Red River, and Port Hudson was as completely cut off from supplies as if fifty gunb that the object aimed at had been gained — the works at Port Hudson were cut off from supplies and the fate of the garrison y 2d, 1863, when he returned overland to his fleet below Port Hudson. The effect of the return of Farragut's squadron from
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 23
and this ignorance or indifference, or whatever it may be called, cost the United States many millions of dollars to remedy. The several historians of the war habtaining cattle and supplies from Texas. A report of Lieut.-Commanding Ransom, U. S.N., shows that at one blow he captured 1500 head of cattle which the Confederateed then and there. As it was she gained great prestige abroad by sinking a United States vessel of war, for people never stopped to inquire whether the conquered ve the unkind criticisms of those who professed no unkind feeling towards the United States or its people. From January, 1863, Farragut was employed in conjunction did not seem disposed to molest them or even question their loyalty to the United States. When the news of Farragut's victory was carried up the river by escapine glory that enveloped Vicksburg and not only to forswear allegiance to the United States but fire upon the Union flag whenever it appeared in their neighborhood.
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