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he Forest City by the cutter. Two guns were fired from the Chesapeake at the cutter. When the Chesapeake picked up the regular crew of the cutter, it was with difficulty the armed men on board the steamer were restrained from firing into them, so strongly did they believe that the cutter had been carried off by them. A few moments' conversation with the crew satisfied them they were guiltless. Among the volunteers on board the Chesapeake was an old tar who had been a gunner on board Farragut's fleet. After the Chesapeake fired at the cutter, making a very good shot for a small piece, this old tar rushed up, embraced the gun and affectionately patted her as though she was a pet child, with a hearty expression of approval for her good shot. When it was concluded between the two steamers that the Chesapeake should lead off in boarding the cutter, Mr. Laighton stated that the question was, whether they should sink the cutter or the cutter should sink them, and then called for a
he siege of Vicksburgh. It was on the eighteenth day of May, 1862, that our fleet, under Admiral Farragut, after his capture of New-Orleans, first made his appearance before Vicksburgh. The confed Fort Pillow, at the other end of the river. At that time there were five heavy guns mounted. Farragut made a demand for the city, when the Mayor made his famous reply that--Mississippians do not kn on the fourth of June, Pillow was abandoned, leading to the possession of Memphis. Meanwhile, Farragut had returned, and was witness to the labors of the engineers. The first force to approach it f excitement from the daring trip of the Arkansas to this landing, and the equally brave feat of Farragut in running by the batteries with his fleet. In the next two months but little was done on oueplorable condition that the morning of the anniversary which first brought the enemy under Admiral Farragut in sight of the city one year ago, found us on this occasion. Things did not look encourag
Doc. 80.-the operations in Louisiana. Rear-Admiral Farragut's reports. flag-ship Pensacola, New-Orleans, June 29, 1863. sir: I have to inform the Department that while I was at Port Hudson, I received a despatch stating that the rebels were in force on the west bank of the river threatening Plaquemine and Donaldsonvilating there are about one hundred. Colonel Phillips is among the number of the rebel dead. All of which is respectfully submitted by your obedient servant, D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. New-Orleans, June 30. sir: The following is a list of the killed and wounded on board the United. Wounded — Charles Preston, seamen, left ankle and right leg, rifle-ball; Alexander Gordon, captain forecastle, wrist. Total--One killed, two wounded. T. K. Chandler, Surgeon Princess Royal. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. M. Foltz, Fleet Surgeon. Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadro
d to render it impossible. General Grant, who was at the head of the department and of the army of the Tennessee, at length assumed the active command of the troops investing the stronghold, and these were adequately reenforced. The naval squadron on the Mississippi, under command of Rear-Admiral Porter, was also steadily increased until more than one hundred armed vessels were employed upon the river, including many iron-clad gunboats of great power. Part of the Gulf Squadron, under Admiral Farragut, gallantly running the batteries of Port Hudson, under a fierce fight, cooperated with the river fleets. Laborious and persevering attempts were made to open an artificial channel for the river opposite Vicksburgh, as had been done with such signal success at Island No.10. But the various canals, projected and executed, failed, and only a few small steamers, of no considerable power, were thus enabled to pass the city. Combined land and naval expeditions were also sent forth, which,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The opening of the lower Mississippi. (search)
service, and left nothing undone to overcome Farragut's reluctance to give up what was then consider respect the odds were against us. Before Farragut ascended the river, the French admiral and CaKineo. Wissahickon. Center Division, flag-officer Farragut. Hartford. Brooklyn. Richmond. Thithe events above mentioned were taking place, Farragut had engaged Fort St. Philip at close quartersn, and her entire destruction was threatened, Farragut showed all the qualities of a great commandered anchor, the affair was virtually over, and Farragut was pushing on toward New Orleans, where he wt on the Louisiana during the contest against Farragut's fleet in the Mississippi, has sent to the E the bank with our bow down-stream. Thus, as Farragut's fleet came up and passed, we could only uses rapidly as the swift current would permit. Farragut made short work of them, however, and our fle those who were suffering from their wounds. Farragut received the congratulations of his officers [15 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The Brooklyn at the passage of the forts. (search)
h a message from the captain of the Brooklyn, Farragut sent me somewhere to carry an order or to do targets, and getting in provisions and coal. Farragut was about the fleet from early dawn until darammunition and coal. At last, on April 16th, Farragut steamed up with the fleet and anchored just bhey would be sunk by the rams. All this time Farragut maintained that it must and should be done, e was evidently Craven's intention when he saw Farragut's trouble to go to his rescue. As the engineribes this memorable scene: no sooner had Farragut given the order hard-a-port, than the current the port side of the deck, I passed close to Farragut, who, as he looked forward and took in the sider the fire of Fort Jackson until Craven saw Farragut free from the fire-raft, and then she steamed Manassas was seen steaming up the river, and Farragut made signal to the Mississippi to attack her.roborated by Captain Warley of the Manassas. Farragut, in his official report, does not state exact[3 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Farragut's capture of New Orleans. (search)
the fleet and transport the soldiers, before Farragut was summoned to Washington from New York. Mr Mr. Welles relates that after this interview Farragut was brought to him, and they entered at once -mander Alden read a written communication to Farragut from Porter, expressing his views as to the oe propriety of the document's being left with Farragut, and the paper was accordingly placed in his nt above, should not be destroyed, upon which Farragut remarked that Porter had that morning assentene immediately. He believed in celerity. Farragut believed in celerity. He saw that while the can read Commodore Bell's journal and Flag-Officer Farragut's general order without seeing that th that the mortar-shells were of assistance to Farragut in the passage, as they helped his own guns tt after it passed the forts. He wondered how Farragut would return down the river to the mortar-flehich he says are realized in this letter, and Farragut's achievement. He had opposed the plan of at[27 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The opposing forces in the operations at New Orleans, La. (search)
nd, the value of the Confederate fleet, at New Orleans, made up as it was chiefly of fast tow-boats, with elated bows, cannot be estimated alone in guns. It was essentially a ram fleet, and, if it had been handled efficiently, might have thrown Farragut's advance into confusion. As Commander Bartlett suggests also, the fire-rafts, with attendant tugs, might have been put to formidable use. This was shown in the case of the Hartford. Doubtless the Confederate flotilla, however efficiently handled, would have had hard work to check such an impetuous onset as that of Farragut. Out of a nominal total of 14 vessels (9 of them rains and 2 of them iron-clad) and 40 guns, Commander Mitchell had practically only 4 vessels and 12 guns — the: McRae, Manassas, Governor Moore, and perhaps the Stonewall Jackson. For this Mitchell was in no way responsible. It was due to the delays in completing the Louisiana, to the absurd organization of the River Defense Fleet, to the want of seamen, and t
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Fighting Farragut below New Orleans. (search)
Fighting Farragut below New Orleans. Beverley Kennon, Lieutenant, C. S. N., Commander of the Governor Moore. River-side interior of Fort St. Philip. From a photograph. This narrative will be occupied with the operations of the State and River Defense gunboats, and especially with the movements of my vessel, the Governor Moore, and without particular reference to the forts. No men ever endured greater hardships, privations, and sufferings than the garrison of Fort Jackson during thn Virginia, and in the woods of the Carolinas cutting timber to build iron-clads, been sent to these vessels, even at the eleventh hour, they would have proven very formidable. The Confederates had in all thirteen vessels, and but fourteen of Farragut's vessels passed the forts. The former lost a fine opportunity here. Richmond, in the minds of some officials, bore the same relation to the Confederacy that Paris has ever done to France; hence the delay for several months to prepare for the
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The ram Manassas at the passage of the New Orleans forts. (search)
n Pollard to the present one of Captain Kennon, no mention has been made of the vessel under my command on the night Admiral Farragut passed the Forts, except in slighting, sneering, or untruthful statements. There are only a few of those who wereruck the Hartford. He does not state that she struck the Brooklyn. In the negative is the following testimony: (1) Admiral Farragut makes no mention of being struck by a ram. His report says: I discovered a fire-raft coming down upon us, and in ate ship on shore, and the ram Manassas, which I had not seen, lay on the opposite side of it and pushed it down upon us. Farragut evidently mistook the Mosher for the Manassas, as it is a well-established fact that the Mosher shoved the raft against rms me that he thinks it is a mistake to suppose that the Manassas touched the Hartford at any time. He goes on to say: Farragut thought it was the Manassas which pushed the fire-raft against the Hartford's port side, while the Confederate reports s
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