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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
s during the Crimean War, the Confederates, blockaded as the Russians were, had adopted it, introducing an infinite variety in the construction and mode of ignition of these apparatuses. A special bureau, conducted by the celebrated hydrographer Maury, was established in the Navy Department at Richmond to regulate and direct the use of the torpedoes, which thenceforth played a considerable part in the war as carried on at sea and on the rivers. At the period of which we are speaking a numberted. Fulton, some thirty years later, had not succeeded any better than Bushnell. There is nothing astonishing about this, for submarine navigation is hardly better improved to-day than it was at that period. Therefore, the bureau conducted by Maury at Richmond gave no encouragement to the inventors who sought the means of carrying torpedoes even under the hulls of hostile vessels. It was no doubt right in regard to those who thought that it was possible, amidst the troubles of the struggle
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
ve them in these positions until Sherman comes to lead them to new combats. Before relating the expedition undertaken by Forrest shortly after the check of Sooy Smith we must conclude in a few words the enumeration we have promised of the demonstrations made to support Sherman's campaign against Meridian. The projected landing in the vicinity of Mobile having been abandoned, Farragut undertook to attack this place with the flotilla alone, so as to retain within its walls the troops which Maury might have been induced to send to Polk's assistance. He appeared on the 20th of January with several vessels in front of Mobile. This demonstration was to enable the Union admiral to reconnoitre the approaches of the place and prepare the extensive naval operation so long projected, and which he was to execute with so much ├ęclat a few months later. We have said that the fine Federal division of cavalry which Sooy Smith had taken as far as West Point, Mississippi, had returned to Memph
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