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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
April 7, 1863. description of the harbor of Charleston. order of Admiral Dupont previous to attackng along close to the shore, and heading for Charleston. Two shots were fired at her by the Unadillargument, settled the question. The port of Charleston remained blockaded more closely than ever, aers were fully discussed during the siege of Charleston. Admiral Dupont had a great responsibility eokuk were able to get within easy range of Fort Sumter--at distances varying from 550 to 800 yardsan's Island and a mile and three-quarters from Sumter. Of course, if the iron-clads could not reducnitors would have to contend in an attack on Charleston; but after stating the damages received by tc, that you should retain a strong force off Charleston, even should you find it impossible to carry greatly disturbed at the want of success at Charleston, and sent the following communications to Ad had the misfortune to fail — the capture of Charleston. No consideration for an individual officer[78 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
They, no doubt, received medals (the highest reward a sailor can aspire to), but let their names go down in history as part of the gallant band who so nobly sustained the reputation of the Navy on April 14th, 1863, the anniversary of the day when Sumter, battered and torn, had to lower her flag to those who gave the first stab to our free institutions. Another one of the events of this expedition, which General Getty alludes to, occurred on April 19th, when Lieutenant Lamson received on board commanders of fleets. A great many of the vessels of the North Atlantic squadron were employed in the blockade of the coast from the mouth of the Chesapeake to below Cape Fear shoals. The Cape Fear River had (since the complete blockade of Charleston) become the principal ground for blockade-runners, that river having two entrances, by either of which blockade-runners could enter, protected by Fort Caswell on the south side of Cape Fear, and by strong earth-works (which finally grew to be F
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)
oops at folly and James Islands. attack on forts Sumter and Wagner. results of bombardment. Gillmhis should have been the first step taken at Charleston on the arrival of the Monitors, and the operarter miles from Fort Moultrie, two miles from Sumter, one mile from Battery Gregg, and half a mile that Wagner was the key to the destruction of Sumter and the acquisition of the enemy's works on Su Gillmore, who, on August 17th, opened fire on Sumter with all his guns, over Wagner and the interve you allege that the complete demolition of Fort Sumter within a few hours, by your guns, seems to the Monitors to within eight hundred yards of Sumter, and opened fire. During a portion of the timt will be well to call it — the injuries to Fort Sumter were clearly observed, but it did not yet cbout as far from the central prize as ever. Sumter was now considered useless to the Confederate a defective one. Concerning the siege of Charleston: at this day, when men can sit down coolly, [119 more...]
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)
e Navy Department had made great efforts to capture the heavy defences inside Charleston bar, and Rear-Admiral DuPont had made a vigorous attack with his iron-clads ae was subsequently shown during the combined Army and Navy operations against Charleston, under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren and Brigadier-General Gillmore. On the later occasion, sixty siege-guns were brought to bear on the enemy, and Fort Sumter was reduced to pulp, yet the difficulties of an advance of the naval vessels were so gread bravery of the commander-in-chief, his officers and men, at the end of 1863 Charleston still remained in possession of the Confederates, although practically uselesed the hot-bed of secession, it had at least the satisfaction of knowing that Charleston was only held at vast expense to the enemy, merely from a sentiment of pride, the citizens had undergone in their mistaken zeal for a desperate cause. As Charleston was the first place to take up arms against the Union, its leading men consid
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
owing about them. But he failed to appreciate the merit of their commanding officers, and, ever following in the wake of the lost cause, he forgot the spirit of the brave seamen who manned the Union ships. He well knew what would be the effect of the 11 and 15 inch shot that would be fired from the Monitors. He had seen in the fight of the Monitor and Merrimac that 11-inch shot would not penetrate the 4-inch armor of the latter, and he had seen, from the reports of the bombardment of Fort Sumter by the Monitors, that 15-inch shot had not enough penetrating power to break through masonry that was easily bored through and through by a 6-inch rifle. He knew that the fleet had very few rifled guns, and that what they had were small calibre Parrotts, which it was necessary to load with reduced charges in order to guard against explosion. He had placed one-third more armor on the Tennessee than was on the Merrimac, and had strengthened her in other ways as no vessel had ever been str
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
for the Confederates were slow in conferring increased rank until sure that their officers had earned a reward. The following order from Mr. Mallory was sent to Semmes the day after his interview with that gentlemen: Confederate States of America, Navy Department, Montgomery, April 18, 1861. Sir — You are hereby detached from duty as Chief of the Light-house Bureau, and will proceed to New Orleans and take command of the steamer Sumter--named in honor of our recent victory over Fort Sumter. The following officers have been ordered to report to you for duty: Lieutenants John M. Kell, R. T. Chapman, J. M. Stribling and William T. Evans; Paymaster Henry Myers: Surgeon Francis L. Galt; Midshipmen Wm. A. Hicks, Richard F. Armstrong, Albert G. Hudgins, John F. Holden and Joseph D. Wilson. I am respectfully, your obedient servant, S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy. On the 22d of April, Semmes took command of his vessel in New Orleans. The Sumter was simply a coasting
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)
ng latter end of 1863 and in 1864. Fort Sumter bombarded. damages to the Fort and iron-clheir rifle projectiles told on the walls of Fort Sumter with considerable effect. Large masses of lads which the Confederates were building at Charleston. No doubt the Confederates considered that ault; Gregg would have yielded in consequence; Sumter would soon have followed, and the iron-clads, ner Weehawken, Ironsides, Montauk. Aug. 23. Sumter Weehawken, Passaic, Montauk, Patapsco, Nahant. Sept. 1. Sumter and obstructions Weehawken, Montauk, Passaic, Patapsco, Nahant, Lehigh. Sept. 5. Between Sumter and Gregg Lehigh, Nahant. Sept. 6. Wagner and Gregg Ironsides, Weehawken, Monty had lost the forts on Morris Island and seen Sumter battered out of shape by the Army and Navy, dee active and exciting raids in the harbor of Charleston. Several vessels were taken by the enemy: tth Carolina could only subsist the troops at Charleston and the prisoners in the interior of the Sta[37 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
Jr., after adding to the reputation for bravery which he gained under fire of the batteries at Charleston while serving on board the iron-clad Lehigh, was shot by the enemy as he was binding up the wonction with Grant, and by force of numbers bring the war to a close. He passed by Augusta and Charleston, since there was nothing to be gained by halting at either place. In his official report General Sherman says: Without wasting time or labor on Branchville or Charleston, which I knew the enemy could no longer hold, I turned all the columns straight on Columbia. From Columbia, after making a feint on Charleston, Sherman advanced to Fayetteville and Goldsborough, while preparations were making by the Federal Generals on the sea-coast to effect a junction with his army--one body of troopdvance from Wilmington, N. C., and the other from Newbern. All the troops that had occupied Charleston, Savannah, Augusta, Wilmington and other points along the coast, had united, and did all that
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
r defences of Wilmington would finally have surrendered to him, had it not fallen when it did; but because Savannah and Charleston fell on the approach of the Federal troops, it was no reason that the defences of Cape Fear River should do the same. The forts about Charleston and Savannah were far less calculated to stand a siege than those at Wilmington, and it was shown, by the heavy naval bombardment of the latter, how difficult it was to injure the works sufficiently to enable an assaulting 000 infantry, and, incidentally, to capture Savannah. No doubt the General reflected that the troops from Savannah and Charleston, combined with those at Wilmington and Johnston's army of 40,000, with 20,000 from the vicinity of Richmond, would havesippi and its tributaries, Red River, Arkansas. White, Tennessee, Cumberland and Ohio Rivers, Grand Gulf, Port Hudson, Charleston, Galveston, and the whole coast of Texas brought under control. This was a large field of naval operations, seldom equ
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
reach the railroad connecting Savannah with Charleston. The vessels of the Navy selected for this f February without molestation. The fate of Charleston was now sealed, and the only thing left the s came into my possession. One of them, dated Sumter, April 8, 1863, runs thus: Blue and red Crivances to foul the screw of a vessel between Sumter and Moultrie. As soon as the picket and sc the Catskill reports a steamer plying between Sumter and Moultrie on the previous night, supported the first operations were initiated against Charleston. In the Hog Island Channel was also a sety did not receive after the rebels evacuated Charleston. Annexed will be found the statements of he headquarters of the torpedo department in Charleston. There is no greater diversity in these avy of the Union. General Hardee evacuated Charleston to enable him to get in the advance of Gener the Navy Department desired, the capture of Charleston by the fleet, a thing which under the circum[54 more...]
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