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United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 11.100
, although under the command of one of the most accomplished naval officers who ever lived (Admiral Franklin Buchanan,) failed to achieve the results of which she was capable, and which was so justly expected of her by the government of the Confederate States. This failure was due in a great measure, to a defect in her construction, which was fully appreciated by the Admiral, but which could not be remedied after the vessel had been taken down to her anchorage near Fort Morgan, as it consisted ction of his on such an occasion to any other motive than a brave and intelligent use of the force under his command. Before he became a Rebel he was ranked among the first naval officers of the world, and certainly no one in the navy of the United States before the war, was more universally regarded as the beau ideal of a naval commander; nor was there one whose personal courage had been more frequently or positively demonstrated, as could be attested by numerous anecdotes well known to a maj
Mobile, Ala. (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 11.100
her course for this purpose it is not improbable that her head may momentarily have been pointed towards the Fort. The gunboat Gaines was run on the beach near the Fort early in the action to prevent her from sinking, having received several shots below her waterline, but she had done her duty nobly up to this moment. She was burned by her own crew soon afterward. The Morgan was placed at the wharf near the Fort to avoid the fate of the Gaines, and during the following night steamed up to Mobile, through the vessels of the fleet, while their crews slept upon their victory. The Selma was chased by two gunboats and captured a few miles up the bay. When the Tennessee had approached a point within a mile of the fleet, the entire number of vessels composing it seemed to vie with each other in the rapidity of their firing, and in efforts to prove their efficiency at rams, by endeavoring to sink the devoted Rebel, who had failed to exhibit his qualities in this modern style of warfare,
Savannah (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11.100
The battle of Mobile bay. By Captain J. D. Johnston, C. S. N. Savannah, Ga., September 22nd, 1881. To the Editor of the Southern Historical Magazine: The June number of Scribner's Magazine contains an article under the caption of An August morning with Farragut, which is so replete with misstatements that I feel it incumbent upon me, as the senior living actor in the stirring scenes of that morning, to ask the publication in your valued periodical of such corrections as my personal knowledge of the facts will enable me to make. I shall endeavor to be as brief as may be consistent with a clear understanding of these facts, in view of the very partial and prejudiced account of them rendered by the army signal officer who, with unparalleled presumption, undertakes to criticise the movements of men-of-war engaged in a deadly struggle, and commanded by men who were competent for such commands before he was born. Commodore Foxhall A. Parker, of the U. S. Navy, who was distingu
Fort Morgan (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 11.100
appreciated by the Admiral, but which could not be remedied after the vessel had been taken down to her anchorage near Fort Morgan, as it consisted of the exposure of her steering aparatus on the upper side of the after deck, or fan-tail, speaking tthe bow of the Tecumseh, and whose explosion was caused by her coming in contact with a large iron buoy, anchored near Fort Morgan to indicate the channel to blockade-runners. It is a well-known fact that the commander of that ill-fated vessel had gh, to a direct perversion of the truth, and of this he is certainly guilty when he says that the great ram retired to Fort Morgan, after failing to sink any of the flying fleet. The idea of retiring to Fort Morgan never entered Admiral Buchanan's Fort Morgan never entered Admiral Buchanan's mind, as his order to me, immediately after the fleet had passed into the bay, was to follow them, which was done with all the speed of which the vessel was capable, but in changing her course for this purpose it is not improbable that her head may
Selma (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 11.100
to the original object of this communication. I may be permitted to add, however, that the little squadron of four vessels, manned by about four hundred and seventy officers and men, managed in the brief period of their engagement to place quite their own number hors du combat on board the eighteen vessels of the enemy. This is shown by official reports. Lieutenant Kinney errs in stating that the guns of the Tennessee were of English make, as they were cast in a government foundry at Selma, Ala., under the immediate superintendence of Commander Catesby ap. Rogers Jones. He also states that the rebels claimed that a shot from one of their heavy guns penetrated the armor of the Tecumseh and caused her to sink. It has never been questioned by those most conversant with the facts, that she was sunk by a torpedo, but there has always been some doubt as to whether that torpedo was one of those planted by the rebels, or was attached to a spar rigged out from the bow of the Tecumseh, a
Charles Scribner (search for this): chapter 11.100
The battle of Mobile bay. By Captain J. D. Johnston, C. S. N. Savannah, Ga., September 22nd, 1881. To the Editor of the Southern Historical Magazine: The June number of Scribner's Magazine contains an article under the caption of An August morning with Farragut, which is so replete with misstatements that I feel it incumbent upon me, as the senior living actor in the stirring scenes of that morning, to ask the publication in your valued periodical of such corrections as my personal knowledge of the facts will enable me to make. I shall endeavor to be as brief as may be consistent with a clear understanding of these facts, in view of the very partial and prejudiced account of them rendered by the army signal officer who, with unparalleled presumption, undertakes to criticise the movements of men-of-war engaged in a deadly struggle, and commanded by men who were competent for such commands before he was born. Commodore Foxhall A. Parker, of the U. S. Navy, who was distingui
J. D. Johnston (search for this): chapter 11.100
The battle of Mobile bay. By Captain J. D. Johnston, C. S. N. Savannah, Ga., September 22nd, 1881. To the Editor of the Southern Historical Magazine: The June number of Scribner's Magazine contains an article under the caption of An August morning with Farragut, which is so replete with misstatements that I feel it incumbent upon me, as the senior living actor in the stirring scenes of that morning, to ask the publication in your valued periodical of such corrections as my personal knod be attested by numerous anecdotes well known to a majority of the senior officers of the present day. Moreover, Drayton's first remark to me, on receiving me on the quarter deck of the Hartford, after the surrender of the Tennessee, was: Well, Johnston, it must be said that you have nobly defended the honor of the Confederate flag to-day, a compliment which I cheerfully relegate to the gallant officer under whose orders I was proudly serving. Lieutenant Kinney states that if Buchanan had po
Franklin Buchanan (search for this): chapter 11.100
ommand of one of the most accomplished naval officers who ever lived (Admiral Franklin Buchanan,) failed to achieve the results of which she was capable, and which wt I am convinced of the justice of this belief. It was the intention of Admiral Buchanan to ram the flagship Hartford and sink her, even if the Tennessee went downny of the flying fleet. The idea of retiring to Fort Morgan never entered Admiral Buchanan's mind, as his order to me, immediately after the fleet had passed into thvery possible element, excepting only the daring and patriotism which impelled Buchanan with his single vessel of six guns and 170 men to attack such a fleet. Had he There never was the slightest cause for any such remark, and Drayton knew Admiral Buchanan too well to ascribe any action of his on such an occasion to any other mot under whose orders I was proudly serving. Lieutenant Kinney states that if Buchanan had possessed the grit of Farragut, it is probable that moment would have witn
permitted to add, however, that the little squadron of four vessels, manned by about four hundred and seventy officers and men, managed in the brief period of their engagement to place quite their own number hors du combat on board the eighteen vessels of the enemy. This is shown by official reports. Lieutenant Kinney errs in stating that the guns of the Tennessee were of English make, as they were cast in a government foundry at Selma, Ala., under the immediate superintendence of Commander Catesby ap. Rogers Jones. He also states that the rebels claimed that a shot from one of their heavy guns penetrated the armor of the Tecumseh and caused her to sink. It has never been questioned by those most conversant with the facts, that she was sunk by a torpedo, but there has always been some doubt as to whether that torpedo was one of those planted by the rebels, or was attached to a spar rigged out from the bow of the Tecumseh, and whose explosion was caused by her coming in contact
Foxhall A. Parker (search for this): chapter 11.100
d periodical of such corrections as my personal knowledge of the facts will enable me to make. I shall endeavor to be as brief as may be consistent with a clear understanding of these facts, in view of the very partial and prejudiced account of them rendered by the army signal officer who, with unparalleled presumption, undertakes to criticise the movements of men-of-war engaged in a deadly struggle, and commanded by men who were competent for such commands before he was born. Commodore Foxhall A. Parker, of the U. S. Navy, who was distinguished by his high professional attainments, published a full, accurate and impartial description of The battle of Mobile bay in a neat volume with that title, about two years ago, and I had vainly hoped that the subject was thereby exhausted, as it has long since ceased to possess any special interest with me; not only because my time and attention have been engrossed by far different pursuits, but because I felt on that day, and have felt ever
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