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Wilmington, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
t of three vessels succeeded in getting into Wilmington or Mobile — the two principal ports where thup the coast from Little River Inlet towards Wilmington bar, a steamer was discovered at the entrancn they failed, and the iron-clad returned to Wilmington, where her career soon afterwards ended. project, as an expedition for the capture of Wilmington was then in contemplation. Cushing was alwaot out of sight. When within seven miles of Wilmington both men and boat were secreted in a marsh. It was simply a fishing party returning to Wilmington. Both boats were captured, and the necessarich was the main highway from Fort Fisher to Wilmington. Here he divided his little party, leaving ushing then waited for the mail-carrier from Wilmington to appear with dispatches for Fort Fisher, bners had told him she was then at anchor off Wilmington under Captain Wm. T. Muse, but that little cinformed that the two torpedo-boats built at Wilmington had been destroyed some time previous in the[6 more...]
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
nnesota by torpedo-boat. Landing of Army at City Point and Bermuda hundred. destruction of U. S. G forces were able to move, to seize and hold City Point. Grant intended that, in case the Confedera Gillmore on the 4th of May, Butler occupied City Point and Bermuda Hundred on the 5th; on the 6th hy, the army, under General Butler, landed at City Point and Bermuda Hundred, covered by five iron-clt Dutch Gap heights, and the Army pickets at City Point; and Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee considered thatmake his positions at Bermuda Hundred and at City Point perfectly secure. Part of the vessels to beeneral Grant established his headquarters at City Point. The obstructions were sunk in the river, aun. enemy's iron-clads could not get down to City Point under any circumstances. The enemy, in or gave quite a different aspect to affairs at City Point, and the time had arrived when the Navy stool forces on the James naturally assembled at City Point, where General Grant had established his hea
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 40
itary movements in the coming campaign. The commissioners appointed for this purpose were Messrs. Thompson, of Mississippi, Holcombe, of Virginia, and Clay, of Alabama, who were to proceed to a convenient spot on the northern frontier of the United States, and to use whatever political opportunities the military events of the war might disclose. The commissioners succeeded in running the blockade from Wilmington, and reached Canada, only to find that the Northern sentiment in regard to the Contly increasing, and, in place of the raw volunteers of 1861, who could hardly handle a musket, the Union could boast of nearly a million of veteran soldiers. Grant was now called East to command, as Lieutenant-General, all the armies of the United States; while his most able coadjutor, General Sherman, with an army of veterans famous on many a field, was to commence his march through the South, and join Grant before the defences of Richmond. The military history of the year 1864 will show
France (France) (search for this): chapter 40
ar River. daring adventures of Lieutenant Cushing. The year 1864 opened with flattering prospects for the Union cause, owing to the important successes gained over the enemy in 1863, and the constantly increasing losses in material by the Confederates in conse-quence of the stringent blockade of the coast. The Federal Navy had been so far strengthened with a class of vessels superior to anything of which the powers of Europe could boast, that it was no longer anticipated that England or France would interfere in our domestic affairs. The battle of Gettysburg, which caused General Lee to fall back upon Richmond, and the surrender of Port Hudson and Vicksburg, which opened the Mississippi to the sea, were the severest blows the Confederacy had received. In the opinion of many persons well qualified to judge, the possession of the Mississippi and its tributaries by the Federals was the death-blow to the Southern cause, and the final collapse of the Rebellion was simply a matter o
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
tch for all their powers combined. In February, 1864, Acting-Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee, commanding the North Atlantic squadron, was in co-operation with Major-General B. F. Butler, who commanded the army of the James with his headquarters at Fortress Monroe. General Meade commanded the Army of the Potomac, with his headquarters south of the Rapidan, while the headquarters of the Army of the Shenandoah, under command of Major-General Sigel, were at Winchester. An important part of the North Aed the torpedo freely, and blew up a number of Federal vessels-of-war — which was as justifiable as any other hostile act. On the night of April 8th, 1864, while the Minnesota, flag-ship of Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, was lying at anchor off Fortress Monroe, a dark object was seen, about two hundred yards distant, slowly passing the ship. It was thought to be a row-boat; and, in reply to the hail from the Minnesota, the answer came, Roanoke. By this time the object was nearly abeam, and appar
King And Queen Court House (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
Cushing's hazardous undertakings were sometimes criticised as useless, but there was more method in them than appeared on the surface, and important information was sometimes obtained, to say nothing of the brilliant example of courage and enterprise which they afforded to others. On March 8th Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee accompanied General Butler to Yorktown to arrange a joint military and naval expedition, to operate, first, up the Pamunky River against the Confederate forces near King and Queen Court House, which had attacked the party under command of Colonel Dahlgren, and killed that officer; and, second, against a force of the enemy reported as about to make an expedition from the peninsula. Owing, however, to constant fogs, the gun-boats could not co-operate with the Army, and the Confederates, finding themselves about to be surrounded. retreated from the peninsula. A few nights later, a boat expedition, under Acting-Masters Williams and Wilder, of tie Commodore Barney and M
Nansemond River (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. Successful military operations. prospects of Southern independence. Confederate commissioners. completeness and discipline of U. S. Navy, 1863. position and strength of opposing forces. combined Army and Navy expedition up James and Nansemond Rivers. destruction of blockade-runners Bendigo, ranger, Venus and dare. capture and destruction of U. S. Steamer Underwriter. destruction of blockade-runners wild Dayrell, Nutfield, Dee, Emily, ae he was endeavoring to get the men in the tug to attend to his orders, the torpedo-boat struck the ship, exploded a torpedo, and made off in the direction of Nansemond River. Several shots were fired at the torpedo vessel, but she escaped in the darkness. The concussion caused great excitement on board the frigate. The drums be
Little River Inlet (United States) (search for this): chapter 40
ng to cripple the Confederacy. The blockade of the Southern coast had been closely maintained, and many blockade-runners captured or destroyed. On the 3d of January, while the Fah Kee (temporary flag-ship) was standing up the coast from Little River Inlet towards Wilmington bar, a steamer was discovered at the entrance of Lockwood's Folly Inlet, apparently ashore. Smoke was issuing from the vessel, and she was evidently abandoned. Boats were sent from the Fah Kee, and great efforts made toe Aries was ordered to chase. She soon returned, and her commanding officer, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Edward F. Devens, reported a fine-looking double-propeller blockade-runner, called the Venus, beached and on fire, between Tubb's and Little River Inlets. The enemy's sharp-shooters prevented the Aries boats from boarding the vessel, which had been beached and set on fire to prevent her capture. This was the twenty-second steamer lost to the Confederacy and the blockade runners within the
Pagan Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
of warfare calculated to be of any permanent benefit to the Union cause; and it demonstrated the fact that only large bodies of troops could break up the system adopted by the Confederates of harassing Federal Army posts with constant attacks. Some boat expeditions were undertaken, in which great gallantry was displayed and a few men killed, terminating in a retreat from under the enemy's fire, after inflicting the usual damage on him. The only satisfaction gained on the expedition to Pagan Creek was a temporary scattering of the Confederate troops, and the fact ascertained that the Davidson torpedo-boat had arrived at Smithfield on the 9th inst., and had gone thence to Richmond. On the 5th of May, the army, under General Butler, landed at City Point and Bermuda Hundred, covered by five iron-clads and ten other vessels, without opposition. The river had been carefully dragged for torpedoes, to assure the safety of the gunboats and transports; but, notwithstanding all the care
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 40
hile the Confederates could not repair the rapid waste of their armies, notwithstanding their most vigorous efforts. In Washington the opinion prevailed that, before the year had elapsed, the authority of the Government would be everywhere restoredailable strength of the Federal army on the Potomac, including the Ninth Corps and the reinforcements that were held in Washington, was not less than 170,000 men. The force which the Confederates had to oppose was much inferior, according to their ow getting in the rear of the Confederates, and held the key to the back-door of Richmond. He accordingly telegraphed to Washington: We have landed here, intrenched ourselves, destroyed many miles of railroad, and got a position which, with proper supon that he could capture Richmond before General Grant arrived. General Butler's dispatch caused great satisfaction in Washington, which was soon dispelled by an unforeseen occurrence. In the month of April General Beauregard had been ordered to
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