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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 28: passage of the fleet by Vicksburg and capture of Grand Gulf.--capture of Alexandria, etc. (search)
ful examination of the left bank of the river, Grant decided to push on to Grand Gulf, a long and t equal to the occasion, and this desire of General Grant to show McClernand that he was anxious to state of affairs and begged him to induce General Grant to come to the front and take charge in pehat their shot would reach the enemy. After Grant had got his Army in motion part of McClernand'o keep the enemy out of the works. When General Grant went on board the flag-ship, he decided thng, although no excuse was needed. It was General Grant's opinion that it would be wiser to land tas ample to meet all his requirements. Here Grant started on that remarkable march against an enoint, he started with his division to join General Grant, crossing the river at Grand Gulf and overat the mercy of the Federal Army. After General Grant and his troops landed at Bruensburg, Admirned to Grand Gulf, where it was found that General Grant had moved his Army towards Vicksburg. T[16 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
. Admiral Porter opens communication with General Grant in the Rear of Vicksburg, and occupies Hai in Army and Navy co-operation. last words of Grant. detailed report of Rear-Admiral Porter. conmiral Porter received a communication from General Grant to the effect that he intended to make a gf the officers commanding divisions, or of General Grant, and whenever officers and men could be sp purpose which always leads to success. General Grant never undertook any movement without consu any other military and naval co-operation. Grant and Porter were of assimilated rank, and neithicksburg, were disposed to find fault with General Grant for not being more demonstrative in his ree eulogy on the performances of the Army. But Grant, in his last days, did not forget the great hehose naval officers who for a time doubted General Grant's generosity. Words of ordinary praise coish of his commendations. Those last words of Grant's were grains of gold, and will go down in his[15 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
nd thereby cause the siege to be raised — while Haines' Bluff could block the way with its guns and the huge raft which filled up the Yazoo River for half a mile. The Confederates worked on their iron-clads without molestation, and even when General Grant had gained the rear of Vicksburg they relied on General J. E. Johnston's army to protect them while they completed the work on the rams. If the Arkansas, which ran the gauntlet of Farragut and Davis' squadrons, was a specimen of the iron-c. Ferguson and John Bath; Acting-Master's Mates, H. E. Church, Daniel Welsh and S. H. Strunk; Engineers, James Whitaker, Jefferson Bell and A. J. Bashloe; Acting-Gunner, T. Carpenter. Mail-boat New national (4th rate). Acting-Masters, Alexander M. Grant and Oscar H. Pratt; Acting-Ensign, J. Hill; Acting-Masters' Mate, W. C. Herron; Engineers, W. H. Price, James Wilkins and E. C. Rensford. Iron-clad steamer Benton (4th rate). *Lieutenant-Commander, James A. Greer; Acting-Master, G. P.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 37: operations of the East Gulf Squadron to October, 1863. (search)
were able to put a stop to the traffic which alone kept the Confederate armies in the field. During the war, over $30,000,000 worth of this kind of property was seized and turned into the Treasury — not a tithe of its value, for a large portion of it went into the possession of land-sharks, who rarely gave a fair account of the money which passed through their hands. But when the big holes and the small leaks on the blockade were all closed up, the tale was told at Appomattox, where General Grant had to serve out rations to Lee's soldiers and give them enough to enable them to reach their homes. A launch and cutter from the Sagamore and others from the Fort Henry, including an ambulance boat, were added to this expedition and the whole force proceeded direct to Bayport, while the Sagamore remained in the offing to prevent the escape of Confederate vessels. Great difficulties attended this expedition, as the weather was very unfavorable, but the main object was handsomely ca
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 38: review of the work done by the Navy in the year 1863. (search)
Army and Navy combined. The Vicksburg miscarriage enabled the enemy to fortify Port Hudson and Grand Gulf, which thus became two formidable barriers against the advance of the Navy. When Vicksburg was invested in 1863 by the Army under Major General Grant, and a large naval force under Rear-Admiral Porter, many efforts were made by the latter officer to send vessels down to blockade the mouth of the Red River, and thus cut off supplies from Port Hudson and Vicksburg; but, owing to casualtiey whenever its services were needed. The capture of Arkansas Post, on the Arkansas River, and the constant effective attacks on the batteries of Vicksburg, the bombardment of the city and its defences, the battle of Grand Gulf and the landing of Grant's army at Bruensburg, and the final reduction of the great stronghold on July 4th, 1863, are among the successful achievements of the Mississippi squadron in co-operation with the Army. It is simple justice to the officers and men of this squa
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., 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. (search)
om General Butler to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee. Grant's operations. hulks sunk at Trent's reach. asburg. This was the condition of affairs when Grant assumed command of all the armies of the Unionajor-General Butler, numbering 20,000 men. General Grant directed Butler to operate on the south sie able to move, to seize and hold City Point. Grant intended that, in case the Confederates shouldtler gave rise to the celebrated letter of General Grant, in which he speaks of Butler's being as cace himself in communication with the Navy. Grant had had too much experience in the West not tot instance. In consequence of this resolution Grant moved by Lee's right flank, and threw his armyld not be assailed by a naval force; while General Grant was equally satisfied now that the Commawhen it was mentioned to him, and received General Grant's order to sink the vessels. General Grreat losses to the Federal Army, convinced General Grant that his best course was to envelop the to[19 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
erate armies. speech of Jefferson Davis. General Grant on necessity of retaining iron-clads on Ja additional vessels, etc. From the time General Grant fixed his headquarters at City Point, the nder cover of the gun-boats. Here, again, General Grant had an opportunity of utilizing the Navy. n's arrival near the Southern coast. Although Grant had no faith in Butler's project to open the wing the railroads south of Richmond open, that Grant saw that to push him too heavily at this time lection of President Lincoln a certainty. General Grant felt that, under these circumstances, it wtc., etc. The effect of all this was to inform Grant and Sherman of the new plan of operations decicisms of the press on his apparent inactivity, Grant waited patiently until he should hear that Shem, the fate of the Confederacy was sealed, and Grant moved on Richmond. While Grant was watching the Confederate squadron. To this action General Grant interposed an objection, which relieves Ac[17 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
long after the expedition failed. A question has been standing for many years as to who originated it, and this has been settled by the highest authority. General Grant, in his Memoirs, says that the expedition originated with General Halleck, who urged General Banks, with all his authority, to undertake it. This is, without dthe Navy at Alexandria, and the conclusion arrived at was that the General did not possess the military virtue of punctuality which the Navy had recognized in Generals Grant, Sherman, A. J. Smith, and other officers with whom they had hitherto cooperated. As soon as the Admiral reached Alexandria, he commenced getting the vesseto trade — their cotton was taken from them, and they returned from the expedition wiser and poorer men. As long as Admiral Porter had been associated with Generals Grant and Sherman in the midst of intricate and embarrassing operations, he had never to complain of the least want of courtesy on their part, and never had the sli
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
ence between Generals Sherman, Banks, Halleck, Grant and others. dispatches and orders. review ofade Texas through the Red River region. General Grant, after becoming Commander-in-chief of the streams, and over very difficult roads. General Grant saw the folly of this scheme and disapprov the West had been placed under command of General Grant, and the latter had conceived the idea of cation to Admiral Porter and dispatches to General Grant, at Chattanooga, asking him if he wanted ment orders in regard to his movements from General Grant, I am not advised, nor have I any informatgram. The same day Halleck telegraphed General Grant as follows: General Steele telegraphs the three telegrams of Halleck, one of them to Grant, in which Halleck seems determined to manage tommand to Sherman after the 5th of May. General Grant was opposed to making any great effort to m the President and subsequently from Lieutenant-General Grant, were not to be abandoned — at New Or[9 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
ntinue to supply their armies through Mobile City and the numerous railroads running from it to all parts of the South. After the fall of Port Hudson and Vicksburg, General Banks, in New Orleans, had at his disposal over 50,000 troops; and General Grant, at that time having in his mind the idea of sending Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea, had urgently requested the authorities at Washington to Chart showing the fleet, under Admiral Farragut, passing Fort Morgan, and the positionf the Navy offered naval co-operation with Farragut's fleet, which was then disengaged from operations on the Mississippi River, and principally employed in watching Mobile and blockading the coast of Texas. The Navy Department, as well as General Grant, was unsuccessful in obtaining an order from the War Department for Banks to proceed to Mobile, and act there in conjunction with the Navy; and the fatal move up Red River having been decided upon, all other objects were for the time being pa
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