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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
reene, on the port side. Hartford, Captain Percival Drayton, with the Metacomet, Lieutenant-Comma hesitate, however, but gave the order to Captain Drayton: Pass the Brooklyn, and take the lead. Htford (my flag-ship) was commanded by Captain Percival Drayton, who exhibited throughout that coolnereport. They well deserve the distinction. P. Drayton, Captain. Report of Lieutenant Herbert ol courage is spoken of as most remarkable. P. Drayton, Captain. From Report of Chief-Engineers. From the additional Report of Captain Percival Drayton, commanding Hartford: Sir — I bin prisoners-of-war. On August 8th, Fleet-Captain Drayton, on the part of the Navy, and Colonel Morgan. The Admiral immediately sent Fleet-Captain Drayton to join General Granger and arrange th Rear-Admiral David G. Farragut. Captain Percival Drayton, Fleet-Captain. [Vessels and Comma *steamer Hartford--Flag-ship. Captain, Percival Drayton, at Mobile; Lieutenant-Commander, L.[1 more...]
encouraged by this cheap success, now resolved to give the fort itself a trial: to which end, the iron-clads Passaic, Capt. Drayton, Patapsco, Montauk, Ericsson, and Nahant, with three mortar-schooners, steamed March 3. up the Ogeechee, and openeervals, from 8 1/2 A. M. to 4 P. M., and by the mortar-schooners every 15 minutes thenceforth till next morning; when Capt. Drayton--who had dropped down the river out of range at nightfall — went up again and took a look at the enemy's works; finditheir 9 great guns, and taken a wheel from another; but no man had been killed, and but one wounded on either side. Captain Drayton, while standing behind the turret of his Monitor, had received a mere scratch from a splinter of shell, and the Rebednance of Fort Sumter and her satellites were the following: 1. Weehawken, Capt. John Rodgers; 2. Passaic, Capt. Percival Drayton; 3. Montauk, Com'r John L. Worden; 4. Patapsco, Com'r Daniel Ammen; 5. New Ironsides, Com'r Thos. Turner
succeed by the rarest exhibitions alike of skill and courage. Ten years had not elapsed since the immense naval power of Great Britain, wielded by a Napier, recoiled before the defenses of Cronstadt; while no attempt was made on the fortifications of Odessa. The fleet which Rear-Admiral Farragut led Aug. 5, 1864. to force its way into the bay of Mobile was composed of 4 iron-clads and 14 wooden ships-of-war or gunboats, as follows: Defenses of Mobile. Hartford (flag-ship), Capt. P. Drayton; Brooklyn, Capt. James Alden; Metacomet, Lt.-Com'r J. E. Jouett; Octorara, Lt.-Com'r C. H. Green; Richmond, Capt. T. A. Jenkins; Lackawanna, Capt. J. B. Marchand; Monongahela, Com'r J. H. Strong; Ossipee, Com'r W. E. Leroy; Oneida, Com'r J. R. M. Mullany; Port Royal, Lt.-Com'r B. Gherardi; Seminole, Com'r E. Donaldson; Kennebec, Lt.-Com'r W. I. McCann; Itasca, Lt.-Com'r George Brown; Galena, Lt.-Com'r C. H. Wells; Iron-clads.Tecumseh, Com'r T. A
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 36. battle of Port Royal, S. C. Fought November 7, 1861. (search)
s were afterward ascertained to have been commanded by General Drayton. One of the forts, and probably the strongest, was siteabrook Point, the one running through the woods beyond Gen. Drayton's plantations, as distinguished from the one near the ssome repairs. On my return I increased the guard at General Drayton's plantation, at the request of the officer in charge there. I found no public property or papers at General Drayton's, with the exception of two letters, already in your possesslately imported. The rebel forces were commanded by General Drayton and Colonels Heywood and Dunovant, (the latter was kiled States steamer Pocahontas, commanded by the gallant Captain Drayton, in the action: U. S. Steamer Pocahontas, Port R captain and the Commodore: I am very glad to see you, Captain Drayton. I knew that you would be here in good time. You havor bombs. The island of Hilton Head was commanded by Gen. Drayton. The officers immediately superintending the artillery
aid to be an accomplished soldier, having had the benefit of a West Point education, and a singular circumstance of the battle was the fact that his brother, Percival Drayton, commander of the United States war steamer Pocahontas, was arrayed against him. As soon as the fleet made its appearance off Port Royal Bay, Gen. Drayton seGen. Drayton sent to Charleston for reinforcements, and the day previous to the fight five hundred German artillerists, commanded by Col. Wagner, came down. Five thousand more troops, under Gen. Ripley, were expected; but for some reason they failed to appear, and the South Carolinians were forced into the fight with less than two thousand men y, and did effectual service. Capt. Wagner was slightly wounded in the face, and the blood was trickling from the wound as he was working the battery. One of Gen. Drayton's aids was shot from his horse, and a piece of shell grazed the General's cheek. He received also a slight wound in the arm. The force on the island consisted
The negroes here would never leave their masters, they would fight and lay down their lives for them, if necessary, before they would allow Lincoln's hirelings to land upon the sacred soil. How correct they were in their estimate of the strength of these black scoundrels' love and affection for massa, and the little log hut may be easily appreciated when I state that one of the first negroes that came in was the driver on Mr. Seabury's plantation, and among others were body servants of General Drayton and Coatesworth Pinckney, whose plantations are within ten miles of us. These come, and go into ecstasies of joy, when they feel that they are safe. There are a good many cooks among them, who can get up a hoecake in a style quite gay and festive, and who know how to give that exact turn to bacon which is arrived at only by long experience, and a peculiar talent that rises to the height of the science, and embraces within its comprehensive grasp the coordinate branches of turkey roasti
o so for us, as we were working for them. The more intelligent among them told me that there was no packed cotton this year, and that not much more than half the cotton and scarcely any of the provision crop had been gathered. I forgot to mention that, as far as we could make out, on our return down the river, (the Ashepoo,) they appeared to be burning houses in the direction of the South Edisto River, or on those plantations which must have still been in the possession of the whites, and the same thing seemed to be continued during the night. I cannot finish without mentioning the obligations I am under to Captain Boutelle for the skill and untiring energy he displayed in piloting us through those inland waters; and I think the people must have been a little surprised at seeing vessels of war passing at full speed up narrow, and not overdeep, rivers, such as the Coosaw and Ashepoo. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. Drayton, Commander, (commanding Pawnee.)
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 221. Ashepoo River expedition. (search)
g, I transferred the charge of the fort and adjacent waters, to Lieutenant-Commanding Nicholson, who, with the Isaac Smith and Dale, will remain there until he receives further orders from yourself. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. Drayton, Commander. Flag-officer S. F. Dupont, Commanding South Atlantic Squadron, Port Royal Harbor. As about one hundred and forty negroes, most of them in a very destitute condition, had collected at Otter Island before my departure, I directr orders from yourself. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. Drayton, Commander. Flag-officer S. F. Dupont, Commanding South Atlantic Squadron, Port Royal Harbor. As about one hundred and forty negroes, most of them in a very destitute condition, had collected at Otter Island before my departure, I directed Lieutenant Nicholson to see that they were supplied with food, until some disposition would be made of them, or until he heard from you. Very respectfully, P. Drayton.
negroes came in and stated that the troops who had left the encampment at Rockville, being largely reinforced, showed a disposition to reoccupy that place. As the weather was too threatening to permit of my making a careful examination of the Stoco, as I intended, I determined now to return at once to this place and report to you the state of affairs at the North Edisto. This I have done, reaching my anchorage here at three o'clock to-day. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. Drayton, Commanding. Flag-officer S. F. Dupont, Commanding South Atlantic Squadron. A secession account. The following appeared in the Charleston Courier: Gardner's corner, S. C., December 19, 1861. About half-past 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon one of the enemy's gunboats passed by Port Royal ferry. Our batteries opened fire upon her, striking her three times. Upon meeting with this rather hot reception she steamed rapidly past, and ran aground about three miles the other side o
rn the heavy works on the south end of Cumberland, and the north end of Amelia Islands; but on receiving this intelligence, I detached the gunboats and armed steamers of light draft from the main line, and placing them under the command of Commander P. Drayton, of the steam-sloop Pawnee, I ordered him to push through the Sound with the utmost speed, to save public and private property from threatened destruction; to prevent poisoning the wells, and to put a stop to all those outrages by the perplow the Pawnee so far as she did without a pilot, and thus at last enable us to act on the afternoon of the third, instead of waiting for the next morning, which would otherwise have been necessary. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. Drayton, Commander Commanding the Pawnee. To Flag-Officer S. F. Du Pont, Commanding South Atlantic Squadron, U. S. S. Mohican, Fernandina Harbor. Baltimore American narrative. Fernandina, Florida, March 10, 1862. Another bloodless victory
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