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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 1.1 (search)
tions around Charleston. General Pemberton had caused to be removed from Cole's Island eleven guns of heavy caliber which served to guard the entrance of the Stono River. This barrier removed, the Federal gun-boats had free ingress to the river, and as often as they chose to (lo so plied with impunity as near to Fort Pemberton ference at department headquarters, and instructed him at once to organize an expedition and have masked batteries erected at designated points on the banks of the Stono, near where the Federal gunboat habitually passed and occasionally remained overnight. The instructions were to allow her to steam by unmolested as far as she choonly landing troops at the southern end of Morris Island, but was also seriously threatening James Island, and had made a strong demonstration against it by the Stono River. It is clear to me that, but for my determination not to weaken my force there for the support of Morris Island, this demonstration would have been converted i
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Confederate defense of Fort Sumter. (search)
derate garrisons and troops from Charleston and its vicinity. I had been sent elsewhere on duty, and was glad to be spared the leave-taking that fell to others. On the night of the 17th of February, 1865, the commander, Captain Thomas A. Huguenin, silently and without interruption effected the complete evacuation. He has often told me of the particulars, and I have involuntarily accompanied him in thought and feeling as, for the last time, he went the rounds of the deserted fort. The ordered casemates with their massive guns were there, but in the stillness of that hour his own footfall alone gave an echo from the arches overhead. The labyrinthine galleries, as he traversed them, were lighted for a moment by his lantern; he passed out from the shadows to step aboard the little boat awaiting him at the wharf, and the four years defense of Fort Sumter was at an end. The Union tug Plato (with torpedo Rake at the bow) in the Stono River, near Charleston. From a War-time sketch.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Minor operations of the South Atlantic squadron under Du Pont. (search)
y wharves. No attack was made on the vessels; but Prentiss did not land, as he had no force of troops to hold the city. Toward the end of the same month Commander Drayton, in consequence of information given by the pilot Smalls, ascended the Stono River with a force of gun-boats, occasionally engaging the enemy. In September, 1862, the Confederates in Florida attempted to regain possession of the St. John's River, and for this purpose constructed a fort at St. John's Bluff, arming it with Toward the close of the month the force in Stono Inlet was composed of the Commodore McDonough, Lieutenant-Commander George Bacon, and the Isaac Smith, Acting-Lieutenant F. S. Conover. On the afternoon of the 30th Bacon sent the Smith up the Stono River to Legareville on a reconnoissance. Notwithstanding the vigilance of the lookouts, the Smith passed, without observing them, three batteries which the enemy had planted under a thick cover of trees at a bend in the river. The Smith was lying
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The army before Charleston in 1863. (search)
preparations against a land attack were also made. On James Island strong works were built to close the approach from Stono River. Stono inlet and harbor were occupied by an inclosed fort on Cole's Island, which held under control all the anchorage The James Island defenses were especially strong. They had repulsed a bold and spirited assault upon them from the Stono River side, made by forces under General H. W. Benham, on the 16th of June, 1862, and had been greatly strengthened since thring a lodgment on Morris Island comprised, as one of its features, a demonstration in force on James Island by way of Stono River, over the same ground where Brigadier-General Benham had met with repulse the year before. The object in the present Yet this was the work we had set out to do, and it was believed we had the men to do it. The demonstration up the Stono River was begun in the afternoon of July 8th, by Brigadier-General Terry, who landed on James Island with about 3800 men. Th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 6: siege of Knoxville.--operations on the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia. (search)
ds, that the National troops might gain a position within cannon-shot of Charleston. Careful reconnoissances had been made, soundings taken, and the channel of Stono River, which separates the islands of John's and James's, had been carefully marked by buoys. Every thing was in readiness for an advance toward the middle of May, Small (who was taken into the National service) was valuable, and on the 20th the gun-boats Unadilla, Pembina, and Ottawa crossed the bar at the mouth of the Stono and proceeded up that stream. The Confederates occupying the earth-works along the banks of that river, which were shelled by the boats, fled at their approach, ant. A little earlier than this the Nationals lost the steamer Isaac Smith, Acting Lieutenant Conover, while reconnoitering near Charleston. She went up the Stono River, some miles beyond Legareville, without molestation, but when she was within a mile of that place, on her return, three masked batteries opened a cross fire upo
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 7: the siege of Charleston to the close of 1863.--operations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. (search)
ently in preparations for it. The National forces were then in possession of most of the sea-coast islands west of the Stono River, and also of Folly Island, eastward of Stono inlet, where their pickets confronted those of the Confederates on Morrispart. He constructed a strong work on the southern end of it, to command the approaches down John A. Dahlgren. the Stono River. Another was erected on Folly River that commanded Secessionville; and at a narrow part of the island, a mile from itfederates, and mask his real design, by sending July 8. General A. H. Terry, with nearly four thousand troops, up the Stono River, to make a demonstration against James's Island, while Colonel Higginson, with some negro troops, went up the Edisto tsleep in the presence of danger. His troops, with the gun-boats Pawnee, John Adams, Huron, Mayflower, and Marblehead, in Stono and Folly rivers, were ready to receive the assailants, who were very easily repulsed. This accomplished, Terry, whose w
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
on, Hardee had concentrated the troops under his command in and around that city. To cherish that belief, General Gillmore, then in command on the coast in that vicinity, had caused feints to be made in the direction of Charleston. One of these was composed of a considerable body of troops, under General Schimmelfennig, who, on the 10th of February, 1865. made a lodgment on James's Island, within three miles of Charleston. At the same time, gun-boats and a mortar schooner moved up the Stono River and flanked the troops. An attack was made upon the Confederate works on the island, and their rifle-pits were carried, with a loss to the Nationals of about eighty men. Co-operative movements were made at the same time, by General Hatch, who led a column across the Combahee toward the South Edisto River, while General Potter, with another column from Bull's Bay, northward of Charleston, menaced the Northwestern railway. These movements, with Columbia at the mercy of Sherman, warned H
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
ops under General strong and Colonel Putnam. dreadful hand-to-hand conflict. earth-works erected by Gillmore. the Swamp Angel. gun-boats engage batteries in Stono River. the Commodore McDonough silences Confederate artillery near Secessionville. Lieutenant Robeson plants the flag on Morris Island. Landing of troops at folly han any three Monitors in the fleet. While General Gillmore was perfecting his plans, the vessels of the fleet were not idle. A smart affair came off in the Stono River, in which the Pawnee (Commander Balch), Marblehead (Lieutenant-Commander Scott), and the Huron were engaged. The Pawnee and Marblehead were at anchor near Fortin this affair, and it is remarkable that a number were not killed, considering the precision of the enemy's fire. Commander Balch, the senior officer on the Stono River, speaks in the handsomest terms of the conduct of Lieutenant-Commander Bacon for his unremitting attention to duties in that locality, where, for a period of fi
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
ren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. Fort Sumter bombarded. damages to the Fort and iron-clads. loss of the Weehawken. attack on batteries in Stono River. review of work done by South Atlantic Squadron under Dahlgren. actions in which iron-clads were engaged. destruction of blockade-runners. operations of Con the Marblehead, Lieuteiiant-Commander R. W. Meade, Jr., and the schooner C. P. Williams, Acting-Master S. N. Freeman, were attacked by Confederate batteries in Stono River. Lieutenant-Commander Meade reports that on December 25th the enemy opened fire on the Marblehead, at 6 o'clock in the morning, from two batteries of field ainst the heavy works in Charleston harbor than to depend on the Monitors alone. The New Ironsides was off Charleston bar, two Monitors were at Edisto, one at Stono River, three at Port-Royal, and one at Ossabaw. General Gillmore having arrived. arrangements were immediately made between him and Rear-Admiral Dahlgren for a desc
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
the next day made a demonstration on Salkahatchee, while the gun-boats went up the Edisto and Stono Rivers to ascertain whether the enemy intended to hold Charleston or retreat to Columbia. It would Hatch, who was moving on Wellstown with his division. On the 17th a movement was made from Stono River on the Confederates, while the iron-clads Lehigh, the Wissahickon and a mortar schooner were requested protection for the citizens and their property. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren was up the Stono River when he received a message that there were indications that the Confederates were retreating r General Foster, we can only say that the attempt to invest Charleston by Bull's Bay and the Stono River was bravely undertaken, although it would have probably experienced a severe repulse but for wn in the squadron, having been picked up and encountered at various times in the St. John's and Stono, exploding occasionally with full effect. They were liable to be lost by getting adrift; or, if
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