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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
d in a blanket and borne away by four men, but the dead were left. The garrison, with their commander, ran six miles across the island, to Seabrook, where they embarked for Savannah. So too at Fort Beauregard the retreat had been hasty. General Drayton had vainly endeavored to send over re-enforcements to the little garrison there, that fought bravely and well. Seeing danger of being cut off from retreat, Colonel Dunovant ordered them to flee while there was a chance for safety. Leaving he boats and waded ashore. Fort Walker was formally taken possession of, and General Wright made his Headquarters near it, at the abandoned mansion of William Pope, and the only dwelling-house at that point. It had been the headquarters of General Drayton. General Stevens's brigade, consisting of the Seventy-ninth Popes House Hilton head. New York and Eighth Michigan, crossed over to Bay Point the next morning, and took possession of Fort Beauregard. The victory was now complete, a
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
in a few seconds, carrying down with her commander Craven and nearly all of his officers and crew. Only seventeen, of one hundred and thirty, were saved. the Brooklyn recoiled at the appalling apparition before her, when Farragut ordered Captain Drayton to push on the Hartford, unmindful of torpedoes and every thing else, and directed the rest of the vessels to follow. But no more mines were met. The storm of grape-shot which the ships poured upon the Fort, imposed almost absolute silence at about the same time the Manhattan, approaching the same point, sent a solid 15-inch bolt that demolished its stearing-gear, and broke square through the iron plating of its hull, and the thick wood-work behind it. Meanwhile, Farragut ordered Drayton to strike the ram another blow with the Hartford, and he was about to do so, when the crippled Lackawanna, in making another attempt to bruise the foe, came in collision with the flag-ship, and damaged her severely. Both vessels then drew off,
e flag-ship rendered him specially anxious that she should be accorded the post of preeminent peril and honor. Overruled at the outset, Farragut, when the Brooklyn very naturally recoiled at the spectacle of the Tecumseh's destruction, directed Drayton to go ahead, followed by the rest, in the full belief that several must pay the penalty of heroism just exacted of the Tecumseh. But no more torpedoes were encountered; while the fire of the fort, now checked by the grape of our slips, became co coming up behind her, gave her a solid 15-inch bolt, which struck her on her port quarter, carrying away her steering-gear, and breaking square through her iron plates and their wooden backing, but doing no harm inside. Farragut had ordered Drayton to strike her a second blow; and he was proceeding to do so, when the Lackawanna, already badly crippled, in attempting to ram the enemy a second time, came in collision with the flag-ship, doing her considerable injury. Both drew off, took dis
Doc. 201. reconnoissance at Port Royal. Commander Drayton's report. United States steamer Pawnee, Port Royal harbor, Nov. 25, 1861. Flag-Officer S. F. Dupont: sir: In obedience to instructions contained in your letter of the 24th instant, I left this harbor at three A. M. of the 25th inst., in company with the Unadilla, Lieutenant Commanding Collins, and the Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding Bankhead, piloted by the Vixen, Captain Boutelle. We crossed this bar at half-past 4, and that of St. Helena at half-past 9--a steamer, supposed to be the General Clinch, being then off the Edisto River, which position she shortly left, and steamed up the river. I soon afterward came in sight of a fort on the point of Otter Island, into which, at the distance of a mile, I threw a few shells, as did the gunboats, to discover if it were occupied. There being no answer, I sent a boat on shore to take possession, and found it to be a regular triangular work, with two faces toward the w
Doc. 215. movements near Port Royal, S. C. December 4-6, 1861. Reports of Commodore Dupont. flagship Wabash, Port Royal harbor, S. C., December 4, 1861. sir: The apprehension of losing possession of the Bay of St. Helena, so exceedingly valuable for a harbor, for its proximity to Charleston, and for the command it secures of large rivers supplying interior communication with the State of South Carolina, has induced me to despatch a second expedition there, under Commander Drayton, with orders to hold the island until Gen. Sherman is prepared to assume military occupation of it, when he will transfer the fort to his troops. I have also despatched Commander C. R. P. Rogers to make a reconnoissance of Warsaw Inlet, in order to ascertain the position and force of the enemy's battery there — information which the Commanding-General has expressed to me is his desire to obtain before landing troops on Tybee Island. The department will have the goodness to observe that, in
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 221. Ashepoo River expedition. (search)
Doc. 221. Ashepoo River expedition. Commander Drayton's report. United States steamer Pawnee, Port Royal harbor, Dec. 9, 1861. sir: In obedience to your order of the 4th instant, I proceeded to sea at daylight of the 5th, accompanied by the gunboat Unadilla, Lieutenant-Commanding N. Collins; steamer Isaac Smith, Lieutenant-Commanding Nicholson, and coast survey steamer Vixen, Captain Boutelle, and reached anchorage off the fort on Otter Island, St. Helena Sound, at mid-day. In the course of the afternoon, some negroes coming on board, and reporting that there was a body of soldiers at the entrance of Mosquito Creek, a place up Ashepoo, where the inland route to Charleston commences, I proceeded as far as that place, when night coming on, obliged me to return. I saw, however, no signs of the presence of white people, excepting that some buildings, which I discovered next day to have been on Hutchinson's Island, were burning. On the morning of the 6th, the United State
Doc. 232. reconnoissance near Port Royal. Commander Drayton's report. U. S. Steamer Pawnee, Port Royal, S. C., Dec. 21, 1861. sir: In obedience to your order of the 14th instant, I left this harbor at daylight of the 16th instant, accompanied by the gunboat Seneca, Lieutenant Commanding Daniel Ammen, and coast survey steamer Vixen, Capt. C. O. Boutelle; but at the bar found that the heavy north-easter which was blowing had raised such a sea as to render it out of the question to attempt entering the rivers which I was directed to examine. I therefore returned to my anchorage, which I left a second time, however, on the following morning, and reached the North Edisto at two o'clock. Shortly after, I crossed the bar with the Seneca, piloted in by Capt. Boutelle in the Vixen, which vessel he, however, left when we were inside for the Pawnee, his vessel remaining astern of us. At this time we could plainly see fortifications ahead on Edisto Island, distant a mile and a h
arbor. In consequence of bad weather, I was unable to cross the bar till this morning. Commander Drayton, accompanied by Commander C. R. P. Rodgers, with the armed launches and cutters, and the sm the Wabash, had arrived several hours before me. Immediately on his entering the harbor, Com. Drayton sent Lieut. White, of the Ottawa, to hoist the flag on Fort Clinch, the first of the Nationale town by the flying enemy. When it was discovered that a railroad-train was about to start, Com. Drayton, on board the Ottawa, Lieut. Commanding Stevens, chased this train for two miles, and fired sin the morning the town of Fernandina was also occupied by a party of seamen and marines from Com. Drayton's command. In both places most of the inhabitants had fled, by order, it is said, of the rebng South Atlantic Block. Squad. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington. Commander Drayton's report. U. S. Steamer Pawnee, Fernandina, March 4, 1862. sir: In obedience to yo
agreement was signed by all parties. At seven A. M., August eighth, Fleet Captain Drayton, on the part of the navy, and Colonel Myer, on the part of the army, pr Letter from rear-admiral Farragut, transmitting additional reports of Captains Drayton, Jenkins, and Marchand. flag-ship Hartford, W. G. B. Squadron, MobileAug. 22, 1864. sir: I have the honor to forward herewith the reports of Captain Drayton of the Hartford, Captain Jenkins of the Richmond, and Captain Marchand of lf-past 6 the white flag was displayed on the Fort. I immediately sent Fleet-Captain Drayton to meet General Granger to arrange the terms for the surrender of the F be, that Acting Master Seaver, on the evening before the action, asked Fleet-Captain Drayton if he should not follow the squadron into the bay. Captain Drayton toldCaptain Drayton told him that that would be a folly, and ordered him to go and deliver the ammunition he had brought from Pensacola, on board the Tennessee, and then report to Lieutenan
(see also Fort Donelson, Tenn.), I., 184, 356; VI., 209. Dow, E. C., III., 186. Dow, N., VII., 45, 164; X., 209. Dowdall's Tavern, Va., II., 119. Downie, M., I., 147. Dowson, G. W., I., 87. Draft animals in military service Viii., 50. Draft riots in New York City Ii., 342. Dragon,, U. S. S., VI., 318. Drainesville, Va., I., 34, 356. Drake, J. F., I., 18. Dranesville, Va., IV., 78. Drawings made on field Viii., 31. Drayton, P.: VI., 242, 243; IX., 107. Drayton, T. F.: I., 354; VI., 270; home of, IX., 353; X., 283. Dreaming in the trenches, W. G. McCabe, IX., 150. Dred Scott case, VII., 202. Dredge boat, Dutch Gap canal, Va. , V., 245. Dresden, Ky., I., 362. Dreux, C. D., I., l91. Dreux's Louisiana battalion, VIII., 149. Drew, C. H., VII., 63. Drewry's Bluff, Va.: I., 111, 119, 276, 277; III., 11, 320; Federal failure to take, III., 93-98; V., 243, 310, 312
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