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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
much the same circumstances as the Carondelet, and like her received no injury. As soon as the Pittsburgh arrived below Island No.10 she was sent with the Carondelet to drive away some field batteries which the enemy had placed to prevent the Union troops crossing the river. This was accomplished, and the enemy seeing they could no longer hold their works began to evacuate them, leaving all their guns and munitions of war in the hands of the victors. Island No.10 surrendered on the 7th of April to Flag-officer Foote just as he was preparing to attack with the gun-boats above, in conjunction with the forces under General Buford. Seventeen officers, three hundred and sixty-eight privates, one hundred sick, and one hundred men employed on the enemy's transports, surrendered to the Navy from steamers afloat. Two wharf boats loaded with provisions were also captured. The floating battery of sixteen guns and most of the gun-boats were sunk, but were easily raised again. The Confe
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ese gentlemen are mentioned with that warmth of feeling which distinguished Dupont in cases where officers under him performed their duty faithfully. On the 7th of April the vessels moved to the attack, the Weehawken leading with a torpedo raft in front. On the way up the Main Ship Channel, the leading vessel passed a number oen thrown upon Dupont in the same way that the blame of failing to continue his attack was ascribed to him. But the Navy did not look upon the action of the 7th of April as a defeat, by any means. It was a prudent withdrawal from engagement with a force more than six times its superior. It must not be forgotten that the MonitWe think we have established that Admiral Dupont was right in the conclusions which he submitted to the Navy Department immediately after the engagement of the 7th of April. The public, knowing that he retired from his command directly after this affair, might suppose that some blame was attached to him. Dupont was too popular
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)
October was memorable for the advent of this new device of the enemy, and we were no nearer Charleston than we were on April 7th, when DuPont attacked the circle of forts without success. Wagner and Gregg had, indeed, been taken, but Sumter, that tack to the 8th of September, 1863, he had not advanced beyond the line whence DuPont had engaged the batteries on the 7th of April previously. True, some of the Confederate force had been broken in the fall of Wagner and Gregg, but only after the jre minutes at a time — the guns of their opponents could be concentrated upon them with destructive effect. as on the 7th of April. It was a matter of frequent observation during the attacks on the batteries, that the rapid fire of the New Ironsidell the while under a terrific cross-fire — and then to be blamed for his stupidity! Mr. Boynton admits that, on the 7th of April, DuPont's fleet was huddled together helplessly in the very focus of a hundred guns, and held there during the stress
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)
tter carry out General Banks' views; but Ransom sent a brigade, with which General Lee was satisfied. Notwithstanding the demonstrations of the enemy in front, Banks did not seem to think there was any likelihood of a pitched battle taking place. He gave an order, through Franklin, directing Lee to proceed as far as possible on the night of the 7th, with his whole train, in order to give the infantry room to advance on the 8th. The forces of General Lee only advanced one mile between the 7th and 8th of April, and on the latter date Lee reported by letter to General Franklin that the enemy were in stronger force apparently than the day previous. He says: I advanced this morning with ten regiments of mounted infantry (dismounted), three regiments of cavalry and a brigade of infantry. We are driving them, but they injure us some. I do not hasten forward my trains, as I wish to see the result certain first. General Lee's idea was, perhaps, a good one, but he did not seem to rea
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
ter to Battery Bee. But this was so frequently displaced by the current that it was cut into lengths, which, with the addition of others, were anchored at one end in two lines, and rode to the tide. It is probable that the casks seen on the 7th April were the turpentine barrels of this obstruction; and, moreover, a plan of the entrance, signed by Major Echols, engineer, shows the double line of rope obstructions. In the summer of 1863 the boom of railroadiron was placed, consisting of seon shows a number of dotted lines, resembling the section of rope just described: the dots indicate only four buoys. They correspond closely with the description given by Commodore Rogers of what he saw from the Weehawken during the attack of 7th of April. In his official report he says: We approached very close to the obstructions extending from Fort Sumter to Fort Moultrie--as near, indeed, as I could get without running upon them. They were marked by rows of casks very near together.