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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
ver bad roads, having to build many bridges across streams; while Banks, who had agreed to be at Alexandria on the 17th, only arrived on the 25th in a fast steamer — yet General Banks undertakes to say that Franklin received orders to march on the 7th, and delayed him that much. He also said the gunboats delayed him at Alexandria, whereas the Louisville, Carondelet, Pittsburgh, Mound City, Osage, and Neosho, all heavy iron-clads, together with the Lexington, Cricket, Gazelle, Covington, Signalt decisive battle with the enemy. The Admiral occupied four days in moving one hundred and four miles on what he calls a rising river, with good water, to the place appointed. General T. Kilby Smith states that the fleet made twenty miles on the 7th,fifty-seven miles on the 8th, eighteen miles on the 9th, and nine miles on the 10th of April--total, one hundred and four miles. The failure of the fleet to move up the river with ordinary expedition, together with the fact that the gun-boats were
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
ase the battle should go against him. The firing of the Confederates was rapid and wild until near the close of the engagement, when it became better, while that of the Federal gunners, owing to the careful training of Lieutenant-Commander James S. Thornton. the executive officer of the Kearsarge. was very effective. The superior training of the Kearsarge's crew was evident from the beginning of the action, their guns telling fearfully on the hull and spars of the Confederate. On the seventh rotation on the circular track the Alabama set her foresail and two jibs, with head in shore. Her speed was now retarded, and, by winding her, the port broadside was presented to the Kearsarge, with only two guns bearing, being able to shift but one gun from the starboard side. At this time the Alabama was completely The U. S. S. Kearsarge. at the mercy of the Kearsarge, and a few more well-directed shots brought down the Confederate flag. Fifteen minutes after the action commenced,
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
tehall road. On my way I passed through the village of Summerville, where I destroyed some arms which I found in the possession of the citizens; here I got information that a party of cavalry were endeavoring to cut me off at Livingston's Bridge, and I was reluctantly compelled to secrete myself and party in a negro hut near by; here I remained two days, when I received information that the enemy, tired of waiting, had recrossed the river, thus leaving me free to advance. At dark on the 7th instant, having secured the services of a negro guide, I started in the direction of Whitesville, advancing with caution, and moving only by night. After much tedious and difficult marching through the swamps, I reached a point near Whitesville on the morning of the 9th instant. The town was held by the enemy in strong force, and, finding traveling on foot consumed too much time, I determined to impress horses, and by a bold dash break through the pickets on the Lumbertown road. With this purp
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