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Headquarters (Washington, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
will only use those on one side, keeping the boilers (on the side near the enemy) full of water and without steam, with water warm only, and ready to make steam in case of necessity. Slow, deliberate firing is desirable; there will be smoke enough anyhow. Rapid and indiscriminate firing will amount to little or nothing. I hope no shot may be thrown away. David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral Commanding North Atlantic Squadron. Letter of Major-General Butler to Rear-Admiral Porter. Headquarters, Department Virginia and North Carolina, December 25, 1864. Admiral — Upon landing the troops and making a thorough reconnoissance of Fort Fisher, both General Weitzel and myself are fully of the opinion that the place could not be carried by assault, as it was left substantially uninjured as a defensive work by the Navy fire We found seventeen guns protected by traverses, two only of which were dismounted, bearing up the beach and covering a strip of land — the only practicable route
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
, the Navy Department began to assemble at Hampton Roads a proper force of vessels for the occasioned to attack Fort Fisher were assembled at Hampton Roads, to the number of about one hundred. Many in assembling the vessels of the fleet at Hampton Roads, and they never denied Admiral Porter anytch: United States Flag-Ship Malvern, Hampton Roads November 11, 1864. Sir — I have the honander-in-chief of the large fleet lying in Hampton Roads began to be severely tried by the delay in for the service, and sent from Newbern to Hampton Roads, where the immense mass of powder requiredhrough the ordeal. The latter remained in Hampton Roads until the last transport had started and gtlantic Squadron, U. S. Flag-Ship Malvern, Hampton Roads, December 10, 1864. The chart plan of t, General Weitzel recommended a retreat to Hampton Roads! Tile officer who was to have gone in com It is expected that the troops will leave Hampton Roads next Monday or Tuesday. This is all the[11 more...]
Fort Ticonderoga (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
n, Colorado and the large vessels marked on the plan, got to their stations, all firing to cover themselves while anchoring. By the time the last of the large vessels anchored and got their batteries into play, but a few guns of the enemy were fired, this feu d'enfer driving them all to their bomb-proofs. The small gun-boats Kansas, Unadilla, Pequot, Seneca, Pontoosuc. Yantic and Huron took positions to the northward and eastward of the Monitors, enfilading the works. The Shenandoah, Ticonderoga, Mackinaw, Tacony and Vanderbilt took effective positions, as marked on the chart, and added their fire to that already begun. The Santiago de Cuba, Fort Jackson. Osceola, Chippewa, Sassacus, Rhode Island, Monticello, Quaker City and Iosco, dropped into position according to order, and the battle became general. In an hour and a quarter after the first shot was fired, not a shot came from the fort. Two of the magazines in the works had been blown up by shells, and the woodwork in th
Nassau River (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
ar. With the slow vessels, there was often not much chance of catching one of these swift blockade-runners, but they were sometimes intercepted and driven back to Nassau or Bermuda to make a fresh attempt. Eight times in ten they succeeded in eluding the closest blockade of a coast ever maintained. The profits of a successful vog divisions — who shared in these prizes — were well pleased to see them coming into port. The blockade-runners themselves were quite astonished and crowded into Nassau to concoct new plans to circumvent the Federal cruisers; but from that time the business grew more and more unprofitable, for in thirty-seven days some six millioed up everything in the shape of provisions for the support of an army, and the enemy at Richmond depended in a great measure on what supplies they could get from Nassau for the maintenance of 300,000 men. By an order of the Confederate Government, one-third of the space in every vessel running the blockade was devoted to carrying
New Inlet (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
will follow the landing of a large force under the guns of the Navy on the open beach north of New Inlet, to take possession and intrench across to Cape Fear River, the Navy to open such fire as is peventy-five. The sea-front was intended to prevent the enemy's vessels from running through New Inlet into Cape Fear River, or landing troops on Federal Point — an unnecessary precaution, since na, December 10, 1864. The chart plan of the proposed attack on the batteries of the enemy at New Inlet, mouth of Cape Fear River, will explain itself, but the order of taking position is as follows act, and they will keep off shore about twenty-five miles, or far enough not to be seen, with New Inlet bearing west, in about the latitude of 33 56, longitude 77 20; that will be the rendezvous. Ct at the withdrawal of the troops: North Atlantic Squadron, U. S. Flag-Ship Malvern, Off New Inlet, December 27, 1864. Sir-My dispatch of yesterday will give you an account of our operations
Wilmington, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
rt Fisher. attempt to close the port of Wilmington, N. C. methods resorted to by blockade-runnersd pilots, and so regular were their trips to Wilmington, that their arrival was counted on almost asr made an effort to close up the port of Wilmington, N. C., so that supplies could not get in, or c, at the peril of their lives, to hold on to Wilmington bar at all seasons, in the endeavor to preveear River. If a blockade-runner came out of Wilmington before daylight, she would be seen by vesselproach the outer circle in order to run into Wilmington just before daylight, the outer circle woulde been kept up for three months, the port of Wilmington would have been deserted; but this was hardl other service. The importance of closing Wilmington is so well understood by you, that I refrainond battery. U. S. Steamer Nereus, off Wilmington, December 27, 1864. Admiral-At 12:40 P. Mnding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington. After the transports had departed there[4 more...]
Beaufort, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
ht miles apart, the half-circle ending at Beaufort, N. C., on one side, and closing in on the southvessels are concentrated at Hampton Roads and Beaufort, where they remain, an immense force, lying ithe meantime, Admiral Porter had put into Beaufort, N. C., to give another look at the fittings of assurance doubly sure, the General retired to Beaufort, sixty miles from the scene of action, and thisappeared and sought refuge in the harbor of Beaufort. No occurrence during the war reflects mor transports, the rest not having arrived from Beaufort. As it was too late to do anything more, theve ordered the largest vessels to proceed off Beaufort and fill up with ammunition, to be ready for lantic Squadron, U. S. Flag-Ship Malvern, Beaufort, N. C., January 9, 1865. Sir — I understand tsports out of sight; gone to make a harbor at Beaufort; at midnight wind off the land, but heavy bre United States Steamer Brooklyn. Off Beaufort, N. C., December 30, 1864. Sir — I have the h[9 more...]<
Zeke's Island (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
he whole formation, and where the original channel had been, Guest found a shallow bar. The Admiral then sent Lieutenant W. B. Cushing in to sound and buoy out a channel, if he could find one, with orders for Commander Guest to drag for torpedoes and be ready to run in by the buoys when directed. A very narrow and crooked channel was partly made out and buoyed, but running so close to the upper forts that boats could not work there. Lieutenant Cushing, in his boat, went in as far as Zeke's Island, but his researches would not justify attempting the passage with six double-enders, some of which had burst their rifled Parrott guns and injured many of their men. One boat belonging to the Tacony was sunk by a shell, and a man had his leg cut off; still, they stuck to their work until ordered to withdraw for other duty. At the conclusion of his report to the Secretary of tile Navy, Rear-Admiral Porter makes the following remarks: Allow me to draw your attention to the conduc
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 52
h those run by the blockading vessels. If one vessel in three succeeded in running into port, it remunerated the owners largely. They were paid for their ventures in Confederate cotton at eight cents a pound, worth at that time eighty cents in England and one dollar in the North. At first the blockade-runners were insured in England against capture, so many successful voyages were made, but towards the last the insurers charged very high premiums. Admiral Lee's squadron captured or destroyeEngland against capture, so many successful voyages were made, but towards the last the insurers charged very high premiums. Admiral Lee's squadron captured or destroyed a large number of blockade-running steamers, perhaps to the value of ten millions of dollars. The shores of North Carolina were strewn with the wrecks of these vessels, which were generally run aground and set on fire to prevent the Federal Navy from deriving any benefit from their capture. We do not know what were Admiral Lee's particular plans in regard to the blockade-runners, but it was determined, while the fleet was waiting for the Army to get ready, that a new system should be adop
Fort Jackson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 52
conderoga, Mackinaw, Tacony and Vanderbilt took effective positions, as marked on the chart, and added their fire to that already begun. The Santiago de Cuba, Fort Jackson. Osceola, Chippewa, Sassacus, Rhode Island, Monticello, Quaker City and Iosco, dropped into position according to order, and the battle became general. In two frail gunboats to attack the Confederate works and be cut to pieces; at Baton Rouge, where he was only saved from defeat and capture by a gun-boat; and at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, which works he also reported as substantially uninjured by the Federal bombardment. It is possible, if General Weitzel had been in independentilence them. In regard to the damage done, it is, under the circumstances, impossible for any one to tell without a closer inspection, for, as you remember at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, everything from the outside seemed in status quo, hardly any trace of injury was apparent; but on entering and looking around, the terrible eff
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