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Texas (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
f the pilots, who handled them beautifully and kept them in line at the distance apart ordered. The enemy's shot was not well aimed; owing to the rapid fire of shells, shrapnel, grape and canister from the gun-boats, the sharpshooters were glad to lay low, and the men at the great guns gave up in disgust when they saw the fleet drift on apparently unscathed. They must have known that Vicksburg was doomed, for if the fleet got safely below the batteries their supplies of provisions from Texas would be cut off and they would have to depend on what they could receive from Richmond. General Steele had been sent up to the Steele's Bayou region to destroy all the provisions in that quarter, and Pemberton knew that if Grant's Army once got below Vicksburg it would eat up everything in the way of food between Warrenton and Bruensburg. Although the squadron was under fire from the time of passing the first battery until the last vessel got by, a period of two hours and thirty minut
Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
ays rations, and without transportation determined to live upon the enemy, as he was satisfied the supply of provisions in the district was ample to meet all his requirements. Here Grant started on that remarkable march against an enemy who outnumbered numbered his forces two to one; he outgeneraled the Confederates, fought battle after battle and finally reached the rear of Vicksburg, shutting General Pemberton inside the fortifications and causing General Joseph E. Johnston to evacuate Jackson and retreat. Grant's conduct of this campaign forms the brightest chapter in his military record and can only be appreciated by those who know the difficulties with which he had to contend, and particularly the nature of the country through which he had to march his Army. General Grant had made arrangements for Sherman's division to make a feint up Yazoo River the same day the gun-boats attacked Grand Gulf. Accordingly, on that day Sherman moved up the Yazoo in transports preceeded b
Quaker (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
Chapter 28: passage of the fleet by Vicksburg and capture of Grand Gulf.--capture of Alexandria, etc. Plans for running the batteries. the fleet underway. the batteries open fire. the transport Henry Clay sunk. a Grand scene. the batteries run. the fleet anchors below the city. McClernand confronted with Quaker guns. Grant pushes on to Grand Gulf. the Price in front of the batteries. insubordination of McClernand. Grand Gulf described. the gunboats commence the attack. the fight fiercely contested. the Benton's wheel disabled. damages to the vessels. the gun-boats tie up at hard times. burying the dead. the attack renewed. the Confederates stand to their guns. so-called history. Grant's brightest chapter. attack on Haines' Bluff. Captain Walke captures sharpshooters. Grand Gulf captured. Porter confers with Farragut. up the Red River. Fort Derussy partially destroyed. capture of Alexandria. General Banks takes possession up the Black Rive
Harrisonburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
er to him by the Navy. The following day the squadron returned down the Red River with the exception of the Lafayette, Estella and Arizona, and the ram Switzerland which were left to co-operate with General Banks in case he should require the assistance of the Navy. While in Red River, Lieutenant-Commander Woodworth was sent up Black River, a branch of the former stream, to make a reconnaissance with the General Price, Pittsburg, Estella, and Arizona. These vessels ascended as far as Harrisonburg which was found to be strongly fortified. The works were shelled for some time with little apparent effect and after destroying a large amount of Confederate Army stores, amounting to three hundred thousand dollars in value, the gun-boats returned to Red River, and the Benton and consorts proceeded to Grand Gulf to co-operate with General Grant in any of his plans where the Navy could be useful. Thus within ten days the flag-ship and her consorts, after dismantling the fortifications
Perkins Landing (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
by favorable roads. Instead of carrying out his instructions, McClernand advanced only to Perkins' Landing, where he pitched his tents (although he had been directed to leave these behind on accounteral McPherson for rations, of which he had failed to provide himself a sufficient supply. Perkins' Landing seemed to have such a fascination for McClernand that he remained there until Grant ordereduld be easily carried by assault under cover of the fire of the gun-boats, hastened back to Perkins' Landing, and stated the case to General McClernand, urging the co-operation of two thousand soldierrman twenty hours to get the dispatch to him, and twenty-four hours more for Grant to reach Perkins' Landing, where he assumed command of the advance in spite of McClernand's objections, which were mansports, the rest of the troops being obliged to march to Hard Times, twenty-two miles from Perkins' Landing. Five barges and a steamer were sunk by the batteries at Vicksburg when the last six tra
Milford (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
cksburg, and shortly afterwards six of these, on a dark night, passed down in charge of their pilots — a daring set of men who never shrunk from any dangerous service,--only one steamer was sunk by the enemy's shot. A sufficient number of gun boats had been left at the mouth of the Yazoo River to take care of the upper Mississippi, and to look out for two formidable rams that were building at Yazoo City, forty miles from the mouth of the river. Sherman remained with his division at Young's Point, ready to make another attack from the Yazoo if opportunity offered, and also to protect the supplies at Milliken's Bend from General Sterling Price, who with a large Confederate force was encamped some thirty miles away on the west bank of the Mississippi. The Mississippi Marine Brigade, consisting of two thousand men, under Brigadier-General Alfred Ellet, in six or seven large steamers, was left there. These flying troops were attached to the Navy. Every precaution had been taken
M. K. Haines (search for this): chapter 28
he Confederates, who had seen so many nondescripts pass Vicksburg that they hardly knew a gun-boat from a transport. While Pemberton was making his preparations to meet Grant's Army on Big Black River, he received a dispatch informing him that Haines' Bluff was the real point of attack and that a large Army supported by numerous gun-boats was moving against that place. It was desirable that the Confederates should be encouraged in the belief that Haines' Bluff was the real point of attack, aHaines' Bluff was the real point of attack, and the DeKalb, Choctaw and Taylor, approaching as near as they could get, opened a heavy fire on the works while Sherman disembarked his troops. There was but one narrow road which led along the levee, and this was wide enough for but four men to march abreast. As Sherman advanced along this road towards Haines' Bluff the three gun-boats maintained their incessant fire and confirmed the Confederates in their belief that this was really the point of attack, although the condition of the count
David G. Farragut (search for this): chapter 28
aines' Bluff. Captain Walke captures sharpshooters. Grand Gulf captured. Porter confers with Farragut. up the Red River. Fort Derussy partially destroyed. capture of Alexandria. General Banks t five small field-pieces were used by the rebels and shifted about from place to place. Admiral Farragut was still at the mouth of Red River in the flag-ship Hartford, where he had remained ever swen in charge at Grand Gulf with the Louisville and Tuscumbia, proceeded down the river to meet Farragut and relieve him of the command of that part of the river. On the 3d of May, 1863, Admiral Porter reached the mouth of Red River and after conferring with Admiral Farragut, proceeded up that stream with the Benton. Lafayette, Pittsburg, General Price, tug Ivy and ram Switzerland. Meeting two of Admiral Farragut's vessels, the Arizona and the Estella, they were turned back and accompanied Admiral Porter's squadron which arrived next morning at Fort DeRussy. This work was a casemated ba
David D. Porter (search for this): chapter 28
captures sharpshooters. Grand Gulf captured. Porter confers with Farragut. up the Red River. Forciency. The Mississippi Squadron, under Admiral Porter, passing the batteries at Vicksburg on theere until Grant ordered him to move on. Admiral Porter proceeded in the wooden gun-boat General P soon as the batteries should be silenced, Admiral Porter got under way with the squadron and commener was not mentioned in the returns. Rear-Admiral Porter, in his report, speaks in the highest t but the rebel batteries were too elevated for Porter to accomplish anything. He was not able to diGrant and his troops landed at Bruensburg, Admiral Porter returned the same night to Grand Gulf withe had made the passage by Port Hudson, and Admiral Porter having left Lieutenant-Commander Owen in ct of the river. On the 3d of May, 1863, Admiral Porter reached the mouth of Red River and after clla, they were turned back and accompanied Admiral Porter's squadron which arrived next morning at F
enemy's shot was not well aimed; owing to the rapid fire of shells, shrapnel, grape and canister from the gun-boats, the sharpshooters were glad to lay low, and the men at the great guns gave up in disgust when they saw the fleet drift on apparently unscathed. They must have known that Vicksburg was doomed, for if the fleet got safely below the batteries their supplies of provisions from Texas would be cut off and they would have to depend on what they could receive from Richmond. General Steele had been sent up to the Steele's Bayou region to destroy all the provisions in that quarter, and Pemberton knew that if Grant's Army once got below Vicksburg it would eat up everything in the way of food between Warrenton and Bruensburg. Although the squadron was under fire from the time of passing the first battery until the last vessel got by, a period of two hours and thirty minutes, the vessels were struck in their hulls but sixty-eight times by shot and shells, and only fifteen m
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