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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Book notices. (search)
t in a philosophical and impartial spirit. How far the learned author has succeeded in his avowed purpose is altogether another matter. Indeed it requires only a glance through these volumes to see that instead of writing in a philosophical and impartial spirit, Dr. Draper is so bitter a partisan, that it seems simply impossible for him to make accurate statements about even the most trivial matters. We may take occasion to pay our respects to Dr. Draper more fully hereafter, and to show how his narration of the causes and events of the war is so colored by partisan prejudice as to render it utterly worthless as history. Books received. From the publishers (Jos. H. Coates & Co., Philadelphia,) we have received the second volume of the translation of the History of the civil war in America, by Comte de Paris. From Geo. W. Harris, of Albemarle, The Confederate soldier, by Rev. J. E. Edwards. These books, and any others which may be sent us, shall have due notice.
unded on every side by numberless active foes; and finally dying, not from the blow of an enemy, but from the fault of those who sent her forth unfinished and incomplete! Those trying times recall the conduct of Captain Lynch and his squadron of shells; and of the veteran Cooke in the batteries, on the dark day that lost Roanoke Island. Nor may we lose sight of the splendid conduct of that latter grim old seadog, when, returning wounded and prison-worn, he bore down on Plymouth in the Albemarle and crushed the Federal gunboats like egg-shells. And conspicuous, even among these fellow-sailors, stands John Taylor Wood. Quick to plan and strong to strike, he ever and anon would collect a few trusty men and picked officers; glide silently out from Richmond, where his duties as colonel of cavalry on the President's staff chained him most of the time. Soon would come an echo from the frontier, telling of quick, sharp struggle; victorious boarding and a Federal gunboat or two give
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
be heard at all hours, day and night. The firing is mostly from our iron-clads. The market was well supplied this morning with abundance of good meat, vegetables, fruit, etc.; and I was glad to see but few making purchases. The reason may have been that the extortionate prices repelled the people; or it may have been the rain. I passed on. November 4 Rained all night; glimpses of the sun between the running clouds this morning. Windy, and likely to be cold. Our iron-clad Albemarle was blown up by a handful of the enemy at Plymouth-surprising the water pickets (all asleep). The manner of the loss of the town, and of the counties east of it, is not known yet; but everything was foretold by Mr. Burgyson to the cabinet then devoting their attention to the problem how to violate the Constitution, and put into the trenches some fifty delicate clerks, that their places might be filled by some of their own special favorites. Mr. George Davis, Attorney-General, the instrume
allen — no particulars heard. February 12th, 1862. The loss of Roanoke Island is a terrible blow. The loss of life not very great. The Richmond Blues were captured, and their Captain, the gifted and brave 0. Jennings Wise, is among the fallen. My whole heart overflows towards his family; for, though impetuous in public, he was gentle and affectionate at home, and they always seemed to look upon him with peculiar tenderness. He is a severe loss to the country. Captain Coles, of Albemarle, has also fallen. He was said to be an interesting young man, and a gallant soldier. The Lord have mercy upon our stricken country 13th.-Donelson is holding out bravely. I shudder to think of the loss of life. Notwithstanding the rain this morning, I renewed my pursuit after lodgings. With over-shoes, cloak and umbrella, I defied the storm, and went over to Grace Street, to an old friend who sometimes takes boarders. Her house was full, but with much interest she entered into my f
elle in Alabama. At the same time and place the Confederate Commodore Farrand surrendered to Rear-Admiral Thatcher all the naval forces of the Confederacy in the neighborhood of Mobile-a dozen vessels and some hundreds of officers. The rebel navy had practically ceased to exist some months before. The splendid fight in Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, between Farragut's fleet and the rebel ram Tennessee, with her three attendant gunboats, and Cushing's daring destruction of the powerful Albemarle in Albemarle Sound on October 27, marked its end in Confederate waters. The duel between the Kearsarge and the Alabama off Cherbourg had already taken place; a few more encounters, at or near foreign ports, furnished occasion for personal bravery and subsequent lively diplomatic correspondence; and rebel vessels, fitted out under the unduly lenient neutrality of France and England, continued for a time to work havoc with American shipping in various parts of the world. But these two Unio
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 13.93 (search)
The first battle of the Confederate ram Albemarle. by her Builder, Gilbert Elliott. In the spring of 1864 it was decided at Confederate headquarters that an attempt should be made to recapture Plymouth. For an account of the capture of New Berne and Plymouth, North Carolina, by the Union forces, see Vol. I., pp. 647-659.the forts and breastworks as soon as. the Albemarle could clear the river front of the Federal war vessels protecting the place with their guns. Building the Albemarle at Edwards's Ferry. On the morning of April 18th, 1864, the Albemarle left the town of Hamilton and proceeded down the river toward Plymouth, going stern foard the women and children who were being sent away for safety, on account of the approaching bombardment. With muffled oars, and almost afraid to Plan of the Albemarle. The Albemarle, built at Edwards's Ferry, on the Roanoke, thirty miles below Weldon, by Gilbert Elliott, according to the plans of Chief Constructor John L. P
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 13.94 (search)
The Albemarle and the Sassacus. by Edgar Holden, U. S. N. On the 5th of May, 1864, the Albemarle, with the captured steamer Bombshell, and the steamer Cotton Plant, laden with troops, came dow and with stopped engines looked Chart of the engagement in Albemarle Sound, May 5, 1864: a, Albemarle; B, Bombshell; C P, cotton Plant; M, Mattabesett; S, Sassacus; Wy, Wyalusing ; mi, Miami; C, Ceres; Wh, Whitehead; C H, Commodore Hull. The Sassacus ramming the Albemarle. The Sassacus disabled after ramming. on as the clouds closed over us in the grim and final struggle. There e De F. Barton, Acting aide and signal officer to commander Roe during the engagement with the Albemarle. from a photograph. Acting Master Charles A. Boutelle, U. S. N. Commander W. B. Cushinwith the first official reports, and new and special reports were called for. As a result of investigation, promotions of many of the officers were made.--editors. The Albemarle ready for action.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 13.95 (search)
The destruction of the Albemarle. by W. B. Cushing, commander, U. S. N. Part of the smoke-stack of the Albemarle. In September, 1864, the Government was laboring under much anxiety in Albemarle. In September, 1864, the Government was laboring under much anxiety in regard to the condition of affairs in the sounds of North Carolina. Some months previous (April 19th) a rebel iron-clad had made her appearance, attacking and recapturing Plymouth, beating our fleeter to the officer or seaman who had bravely shared the danger with me. The blowing-up of the Albemarle. Swimming in the night, with eye at the level of the water, one can have no idea of distalight swell, which was, however, sufficient to influence my boat, so that I The wreck of the Albemarle. from a photograph. was forced to paddle all upon one side to keep her on the intended coursresent at the second and final demonstration.--J. R. Soley. Note on the destruction of the Albemarle. by her Captain, A. F. Warley, C. S. N. When I took command of the Confederate States iro
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
the face of all this, Davis, assuming the attitude of a Dictator, as he really was, with his usual haughty disregard of the opinions of others and the wishes of the people, promoted Benjamin to the position of Secretary of State. the insult was keenly felt, but the despotism of the conspirators was too powerful to allow much complaint from the outraged people. in his Report to General Huger, Wise said Roanoke Island was the key to all the defenses of Norfolk. It unlocked two sounds — Albemarle and Currituck; eight rivers — the North, West, Pasquotank, Perquimmons, little, Chowan, Roanoke. And Alligator; four canals — the Albemarle and Chesapeake, Dismal Swamp, North-West, and Suffolk; two railways — the Petersburg and Norfolk, and seaboard and Roanoke. At the same time it guarded four-fifths of the supplies for Norfolk. Its fall, Wise said, gave lodgment to the Nationals in a safe harbor from storms, and a command of the seaboard from Oregon Inlet to Cape Henry, at the entra
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)
lads, off Plymouth, 471. destruction of the Albemarle, 472. Port of Wilmington to be opened, 473.ressed it heavily for a day or two, when the Albemarle ran by Fort Warren, and fell upon the unarmosed, he began its siege. The Captain of the Albemarle, elated by his exploits at Plymouth, felt coouth. They did so, and on the 5th May. the Albemarle came bearing down upon the squadron with theused her to surrender and keep quiet. The Albemarle was heavily armed with Brooks and Whitworth h destructive effect, at the moment that the Albemarle sent a 100-pound Brooks bolt through one of he smoke and vapor passed away, the crippled Albemarle was seen moving off in the direction of Plymcepting Roanoke Island and New Berne. The Albemarle was a bugbear to the blockading vessels; and of a severe fire of musketry, to attack the Albemarle. He drove his launch far into the barricade nt one of these to ascertain the fate of the Albemarle, and learned, with joy, that she was a hopel[4 more...]
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