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North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
West, we must retrace our steps to narrate operations, at once military and naval, of which a portion of the coast of the Confederate States had been the theatre during the early part of 1862. We followed these operations upon the coast of North Carolina and in the Gulf of Mexico up to the spring, a period when they ceased entirely, partly in consequence of the new destination given to Burnside's army, which left Albemarle Sound for the borders of the James, and partly owing to the retreat int of all, on the one hand, to get possession of some of the islands in the vicinity of Charleston as stations for troops, and on the other hand to make the blockade more stringent along that portion of the coast situated between this city and North Carolina, which had hitherto been less strictly guarded by the Federal fleet. On the 20th of May, three gun-boats, detached from the division which blockaded Charleston, entered the Bay of Stono River, south of the city, under the pilotage of Rober
Marietta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
e expeditions undertaken by Mitchell's soldiers at this period, we must mention one which, despite its tragic termination, shows what a small band of daring men could attempt in America; it will give the reader an idea of the peculiar kind of warfare which served as an interlude to the regular campaigns of large armies. An individual named Andrews, employed in the secret service of Buell, and twenty-two soldiers selected by him, went to Chattanooga, under different disguises, and thence to Marietta in Georgia, which had been assigned them as a place of rendezvous, and which was situated in the very centre of the enemy's country. Once assembled, they got on board a train of cars loaded with Confederate troops and ammunition. During the trip this train stopped, as usual, near a lonely tavern, close to the track; everybody got out, and both engineer and fireman went quietly to breakfast. Andrews took advantage of their absence to jump upon the locomotive, which was detached by his men
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 2
against New Orleans, which had been determined upon at the close of the year 1861, and then relinquished, when a war with England seemed imminent, had been revived as soon as the question of the Trent prisoners was amicably settled. General Butler had been directed to raise the necessary troops for this expedition; and in order to make him independent of the local authorities, whose recruiting operations he might interfere with, a military department was created expressly for him in the New England States. He set himself actively to work, and soon succeeded in raising about ten thousand men. The most important part of this expedition, however, was that pertaining to the navy. This was entrusted to Captain Farragut, an officer of large experience, who had remained faithful to his flag, although a native of Tennessee. He was placed in command of the Gulf squadron, and embarked at Hampton Roads on the 2d of February, on board the fine sloop-of-war Hartford, which he was to lead into
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
to fall, and perhaps prevent the enemy from erecting the formidable citadels of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, the capture of which, at a later period, cost so dear. The Tennessee was rapidly falling,ng in indemnifying themselves for this double reverse, by taking possession of the village of Port Hudson, a formidable position, which the Federals had neglected to occupy. Van Dorn saw that, insteouth of Red River, which, like Vicksburg, could check the progress of the Federal gun-boats. Port Hudson was admirably adapted for this purpose, and soon became an important stronghold. From that mates were again sole masters of all that portion of the river comprised between Vicksburg and Port Hudson, for these two places flanked each other mutually; the great Red River line of communication ad the foresight to detail in time for this important operation. From that day Vicksburg and Port Hudson became the two bastions before which, for a whole year, all the efforts of the Federal fleets
Mississippi (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
nd government had decided that these vessels, with fourteen river-boats more or less armored, should proceed to the Upper Mississippi as soon as completed to contend with Foote; but the danger which threatened New Orleans was so great that Lovell sus, followed Farragut, and placed garrisons at all the places which it was important to defend. The conquest of the lower Mississippi was proceeding rapidly, and the Federals already flattered themselves with the hope of reopening the navigation of in width, and on the left it enfolds the extremity of a long chain of hills, which extend into the interior of the State of Mississippi. Vicksburg is situated on the bluffs which form the extremity of these hills. The Confederate batteries rose, sosolution. He ordered the fleet to descend the river again, passing under the fire of Vicksburg, so as to close the lower Mississippi against the dangerous visitors who had just braved his power. Night came on before his vessels could be put in mo
Conestoga (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
as, which, after its junction with White River, empties into the great river between Memphis and Vicksburg, and the Red River, which runs into it between the latter city and New Orleans. But in June, 1862, the Federal gun-boats had reduced the navigation of these rivers to a mere contraband traffic. After the battle of Memphis, Davis, having assembled all the vessels he had left in the upper part of the river, despatched four steamers, the Mound City, the St. Louis, the Lexington and the Conestoga, with several transports, to reconnoitre the waters of the Arkansas and White River. The Federal fleet ascended the latter river for a distance of one hundred and thirty kilometres from its mouth, and on the 16th of June it made an attack upon two Confederate batteries erected on a spot called St. Charles. This engagement, which took place at a distance of six hundred metres, was most vigorous; at last the weak armor of the Mound City was pierced by a cannon-ball, which burst her boiler
Dawfuskie Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
t was, however, on Tybee Island, south-east of Pulaski, that the great works required for the bombardment of the fort were being prosecuted. In order to present a correct idea of this siege, and its importance in a point of view illustrative of the improvements in artillery, we must describe in a few words the position of the work it was intended to attack. The estuary of the Savannah River is bounded on the south by Tybee Island and, an on the north by Long Island, Venus Island and Dawfuskie Island; to the southward the coast projects farther than to the northward, and forms the low and sandy promontory of Tybee, against which the sea breaks almost incessantly, and upon which stands the lighthouse which before the war lighted the entrance of the river. On a line with the northern extremity of the coast, in the middle of the current of the Savannah, there are several sand-banks, formed no doubt by the meeting and collision of the fresh waters with the waves of the Atlantic, upon w
Pulaski, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
t sustaining any injury, left the lighters at Pulaski, and returned to exchange a few more shots wiinvestment which were to precede the siege of Pulaski progressed slowly. Tybee Island, already des early stages of the war between the city and Pulaski, on the right bank of the river, had been enlad been no communication with the garrison of Pulaski, except by means of light boats, which came d was, however, on Tybee Island, south-east of Pulaski, that the great works required for the bombarhief advantage it derived from the capture of Pulaski was the not having to blockade the entrance ortake the siege of Charleston; the capture of Pulaski encouraged them to do this; and as they had mh had proved so successful in the attack upon Pulaski. The Bay of Charleston is separated from Sto, the garrison of which, since the capture of Pulaski, had become useless, and others still from mat be such an easy matter as the investment of Pulaski. Prudence required that the Federals should
Biloxi (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
child, restored to consciousness by the unremitting care of those around her, was able to tell the name of her relatives; and Major Strong, chief of Butler's staff, prompted by a humane instinct, undertook to carry her, under a flag of truce, to Biloxi, a small town formerly frequented by the inhabitants of New Orleans as a sea-bathing resort, situated opposite Ship Island. But on his return he was treacherously attacked by parties lying in ambuscade, and came near being killed or captured, wicut regiment on board, were sent to chastise the perpetrators of this infamous outrage. These vessels, which a short time before, on the 23d of March, had already exchanged a few cannon-shots with two small Confederate steamers, appeared before Biloxi on the evening of April 2; the troops were landed, the town occupied, and the authorities were glad to get off at the cost of some humble apologies. On the following day the three Federal vessels ran into the Pass Christian channel, a short dist
Lazaretto Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
e stationed south of the Savannah River; General Viele, who was placed under him, continued to direct the special operations on the left bank of the river. Hunter arrived at Tybee soon after his appointment. It was now the beginning of April, and by the 8th of that month the works were entirely completed. Eleven batteries, constructed of sand, gabions and dry mud, were erected on the beach, those nearest to the fort facing north-east and the others nearly due east. A canal, called Lazaretto Creek, which empties into the river near the point where the first batteries stood, covered them against any attack that might be made by the Confederates, coming down the right bank. But the latter might have tried to overthrow them by directing against them the fire of the heavy guns of Fort Pulaski; although they were as well masked as was practicable, it is difficult to believe that the small garrison and its brave commander, Colonel Olmstead, had not perceived them. It is to be suppose
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