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arrived. The obscurity of the night still rested on land and sea when I went on board the Catskill, (July tenth,) and not a symptom of preparation on shore was visible to us. It was important that the monitors should not by their appearance give any intimation of what was meditated by being seen on the bar until the details ashore were completed; so I waited the first fire of the batteries. This was not long coming, and I led with my flag in the Catskill, followed by Captains Fairfax, Downes, and Colhoun, in the Montauk, Nahant, and Weehawken. Steering for the wreck of the Keokuk, and passing it, the monitors were laid in line about parallel to the land, opposite the southern eminences of Morris Island, and poured in a steady fire among the rebel garrison, who were there posted, making a feeble and ineffectual return to the storm of shot and shell that came upon their front and flank. I could see plainly the great confusion into which they were thrown by this sudden and overwh
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Porter, David 1780- (search)
ed among the islands for nearly a fortnight without meeting a vessel. On April 29 he discovered two or three English whaleships. He first captured the Montezuma. He had made a flotilla of small boats, which he placed under the command of Lieutenant Downes. These pushed forward and captured the Georgiana and Policy. From these Porter procured ample supplies of provisions and naval stores. With the guns of the Policy added to those of the Georgiana, the latter, fitted up as a cruiser, became a worthy consort of the Essex. Her armament now consisted of sixteen guns, and she was placed under the command of Lieutenant Downes. Other English vessels were soon captured and fitted up as cruisers; and at the end of eight months after he sailed from the Delaware in the solitary Essex, Porter found himself in command of a squadron of nine armed vessels, prepared for formidable naval warfare. In July he captured the Seringapatam, an English vessel built for a cruiser for Sultan Tippoo Sa
57. 20,245SerrellMay 11, 1858. 20,695BoydJune 29, 1858. 21,355OdiorneAug. 31, 1858. 23,079ClemonsMar. 1, 1859. 24,088Barnum et al.May 24, 1859. 25,715Blake et al.Oct. 11, 1859. 26,207SerrellNov. 22, 1859. 27.805HowellApr. 10, 1860. 28,889MitchellJune 26, 1860. 31,602HowellMar. 5, 1861. 31,645MarshMar. 5, 1861. 31,878DownerApr. 2, 1861. 32,035WhitcombApr. 9, 1861. 32,519JenksJune 11, 1861. 32,710PaddockJuly 23, 1861. 35,972EnsignJuly 22, 1862. 37,505HenryJan. 27, 1863. 38,662DownesMay 26, 1863. 39,160MorrisonJuly 7, 1863. (Reissue.)1,569Blake et al.Nov. 10, 1863. 43,657WillcoxJuly 26, 1864. 46,790GaskillMar. 14, 1865. 47,629GaskillMay 9, 1865. 47,630Gaskill et al.May 9, 1865. 47,632GoebelMay 9, 1865. 52,646OverhiserFeb. 13, 1866. 52,749RoseFeb. 20, 1866. 58,210Browning et al.Sept. 25, 1866. 58,670OgburnOct. 9, 1866. 67,753HaggertyAug. 13, 1867. 69,095HolcombSept. 24, 1867. 76,720DavisApr. 14, 1868. 6. Hemmers. (continued). No.Name.Date. 80,090Reh
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 5: shall the Liberator lead—1839. (search)
edicine, and will continue to take them until he is cured. I shall write to the Secretary of the Navy, at Washington, to see if I can get him discharged. James Garrison's constitution was so undermined by hardships and excesses that there could be no object in retaining him in the service. On Jan. 11, 1840, Secretary Paulding wrote to Mr. Garrison (Ms.): Your letter for the discharge of your brother from on board the Rec'g ship Columbus, at Boston, has been received and referred to Commodore Downes, with directions to examine into his case, and, if found to correspond with your statement, he is authorized to discharge him, provided he is not in debt to the U. States. The friendly intervention of Caleb Cushing, then a member of the House of Representatives, removed the only obstacle to the desired release. On March 11, 1840, he writes to his townsman: Receiving yours of the 6th, I have called again on the Secretary of the Navy, and he said he would reconsider the whole matter; an
l Hall, 2.274. Disunion, weighed by G., 1.308, by W. Phillips, 2.274. Dix, John Adams [1798-1879], 1.296. Dole, Ebenezer [b. Newburyport, Mass., March 12, 1776; d. Hallowell, Me., June, 1847], career, 1.192, 273; generosity to G., 1.93, 2.84; prize for A. S. essay, 1.204; at Peace Convention, 228.—Letters from G., 1.192, 260, 284, 306. Douglass, Frederick [b. Talbot Co., Md., Feb., 1817], 2.292.—Portrait in Life, and in Autographs of Freedom, vol. 2. Douglass, Robert, 2.222. Downes, John [1786-1855], 2.330. Dresser, Amos, Rev., 2.327. Duclos de Boussais, 2.384. Duffield, George, Rev. [b. Strasburg, Pa., July 4, 1794; d. Detroit, Mich., June 26, 1868], 1.399. Duncan, James, Rev., 1.144.—But see particularly the Postscript which immediately follows the Preface to Volume I. Durfee, Gilbert H., 2.103. Dwight, Timothy, Rev. [1752-1817], 1.21. Earle, Thomas [b. Leicester, Mass., Apr. 21, 1796; d. Philadelphia, July 14, 1849], biographer of Lundy, 2.323; nominated<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, V. The fugitive slave epoch (search)
hance opening, it seemed necessary to turn all attention to an actual rescue of the prisoner from his place of confinement. Like Shadrach, Thomas Sims was not merely tried in the United States Court-House, but imprisoned there, because the state jail was not opened to him; he not having been arrested under any state law, and the United States having no jail in Boston. In the previous case, an effort had been made to obtain permission to confine the fugitive slave at the Navy Yard, but Commodore Downes had refused. Sims, therefore, like Shadrach, was kept at the Court-House. Was it possible to get him out? There was on Tuesday evening a crowded meeting at Tremont Temple, at which Horace Mann presided. I hoped strongly that some result might come from this meeting, and made a vehement speech there myself, which, as Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe honored me by saying, was bringing the community to the verge of revolution, when a lawyer named Charles Mayo Ellis protested against its tone,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
292, 296. Darwin, Mrs., Charles, 284. Davis, C. H., 19. Davis, Helen, 18. Davis, Margaret, 37. Demosthenes, 298. De Quincey, Thomas, 102. Deschanel, Emile, 301, 303. Devens, Charles, 48, 74, 141, 247. Devens, Mary, 74. De Vere, Aubrey, 272. Dial, The, 114. Dicey, Albert, 97. Dickens, Charles, 187, 234. Discharged convict, reform of, 191. Dix, Dorothea L., 264. Dobson, Susanna, S5. Dombey, Paul, 187. Douglas, S. A., 239. Douglass, Frederick, 127, 173, 327. Downes, Commodore, 242. Doy, Doctor, 233. Drew Thomas, z56, 163. Du Maurier, George, 289. Durant, H. F., 63, 88. Dwight, John, 18. Edgeworth, Maria, 15. Eleanore, Tennyson's, 296. Elizabeth, Queen, 7. Ellis, A. J., 284. Ellis, C. M., 142. Emerson, R. W., 23, 36, 53, 67, 69, 77, 87, 91, 92, 95, 000, III, 115, 118, 168, 169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 176, 180, 182, 185, 190, 204, 244, 272, 279, 297, 327, 331, 332, 341, 359. Emigrant Aid Society, The, 196. Epictetus, 270. Epilogue, 362-36
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 25: service for Crawford.—The Somers Mutiny.—The nation's duty as to slavery.—1843.—Age, 32. (search)
mind our duty to our God, our country, and to the service. Accordingly, by the order of the commander, the three were hung at the yard-arm, on Dec. 1,—four days before the arrival of the ship at St. Thomas. Spencer and Small confessed their guilt, and acknowledged the justice of the punishment. A question was, however, raised as to the guilt of Cromwell. A court of inquiry, of which Commodore Stewart was President, approved Mackenzie's course. Afterwards, a court-martial, of which Commodore Downes was President, upon a hearing of more than forty days, acquitted him; and their judgment was confirmed by President Tyler. Such, however, was the position of Mr. Spencer,—the father, —his active interference with the proceedings, and the influence of others who were in his interest, that Mackenzie's conduct, notwithstanding this judicial vindication, was subjected to severe censure in some quarters. Both Charles H. Davis— 1807-1877. Rear Admiral Davis was distinguished in scienc
flying, carrying down with her more than one hundred men; Boynton's History of the U. S. Navy, I, 366. and her guns were fired to the last, the final shot, discharged by Lieutenant Morris, fatally wounding the Confederate Commander, Captain Buchanan. The final triumph of the Monitor need not be described. In September, 1862, Acting Master Crocker, a Massachusetts officer, was sent up the Sabine River to destroy a railroad bridge, which he did without injury. Soley, p. 143. Commander Downes, a Massachusetts officer, commanded the monitor Nahant in the attack on Fort McAllister, March 3, 1863, and in the attack on Charleston, April 7; the Nahant being in this last attack seriously damaged; her turret so jammed as to prevent its turning, many of the bolts of both turret and pilot-house broken, and the latter rendered nearly untenable by flying bolts and nuts. Porter, p. 376. His vessel assisted, as a reserve, in the capture of the Atlanta in Wassaw Sound, on June 17, and
Joseph T. Derry , A. M. , Author of School History of the United States; Story of the Confederate War, etc., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 6, Georgia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 9: (search)
ill more formidable attempt to subdue the gallant Georgia gunners in the sand and mud batteries on the Ogeechee was made on March 3d, by three new monitors, the Passaic, Capt. Percival Drayton; the Patapsco, Commander Ammen, and the Nahant, Commander Downes. The operation of these revolving floating batteries was not familiar to the Confederate gunners, but the men stood manfully to their guns, and soon discovered that the monitor was not such a formidable monster after all, particularly againmplied duty to do something with the least possible delay. Accordingly on June 17th he got the ironclad under headway before daylight and entered Warsaw sound. There he found two monitors, the Weehawken, Capt. John Rodgers, and the Nahant, Commander Downes, which had been sent for the express purpose of meeting the Atlanta. The monitors were two of the strongest of their class, fighting with a 15-inch and an 11-inch gun behind ten inches of armor on the turrets. Webb gallantly sought to meet
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