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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.12 (search)
cords of those days; let us look back to May 1, 1862. The Confederacy was appalled to hear that the great fleet under Farragut and the large army under Butler had entered the Mississippi river at the mouth; had reduced Forts Jackson and St. Philipfront, delivering broadside after broadside in quick succession of shot, shell and grape, depending upon their distance; Farragut passing above the city with eight vessels, the few Confederate batteries replying, and the sharp-shooters along the bankt. Isaac N. Brown, ran out of the mouth of the Yazoo river and single-handed attacked the whole Federal fleet, including Farragut's squadron of eight vessels and Admiral Davies' gunboat fleet of twelve vessels, nearly every one of which carried heaviitated immediate action on the part of the two fleets, above and below the city. At dark on the same day the vessels of Farragut's fleet, eight vessels, which had passed up the river on the 28th of June, began their descent to strengthen the fleet s
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.20 (search)
e world, while in the fight on the Tennessee we suffered a defeat, Farragut might best describe in the language of Pyrrhus at his first encounern entrance, only navigable for small vessels. Outside the fort, Farragut, with a numerous fleet, menaced an attack. Torpedoes and other obance lends enchantment to the view. It was at once perceived that Farragut had received large accessions to his force during the night, amongfour, are drowned. This caused the fleet to halt, and just here Farragut's biographer Mr. Lossing, says he prayed for divine guidance, whetave men on those ships, and they were getting ready to receive us. Farragut, himself a Southerner, as were Jenkins and Jouett. We dashed inown and begged the Admiral to give him his sword. He did not want Farragut to have it. He made no reply, but Mr. Forrest unbuckled the swordght unobserved through the guards. Admiral Buchanan united with Farragut in a petition to General Page at Fort Morgan, to allow a ship to p