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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Building and Commissioning of the Arkansas. (search)
Confederate steamer Arkansas, having been completed according to the material at the disposal of her commander, Isaac N. Brown, left Yazoo City and descended the Yazoo River to Liverpool Landing, where an earthwork and raft of logs were in position to prevent the Federal fleet from ascending the river. The officers of the Arkansas were: Lieut. I. N. Brown, commanding; First Lieut. Henry K. Stevens, executive officer; Lieuts. John Grimball, A. D. Wharton, G. W. Read, Alphonse Barbot, George W. Gift; Surgeon H. W. M. Washington; Assistant Surgeon Charles M. Morfit; Assistant Paymaster Richard Taylor; First Assistant Engineer George W. City; Second Assistant Engineer E. Covert; Third Assistant Engineers William H. Jackson, E. H. Brown, James T. Donald, John S. Dupuy, James S. Gettis; Acting Masters Samuel Milliken, John L. Phillips; Midshipmen R. H. Bacot, D. M. Scales, H. S. Cooke, C. W. Tyler, D. B. Talbott; Master's Mate John A. Wilson; Paymaster's Clerk, Wilson; Gunner T. B. Travers
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The first action of the Arkansas. (search)
d a position on the wheel platform, (with his pilots,) situated forward on the gun deck, from whence he directed the movements of the vessel. Lieuts. Grimball and Gift commanded the two bow guns, and Lieut. Read the two stern 6-inch rifles, whilst the broadside guns were in charge, respectively, of Lieuts. Wharton and Barbot, Mid a broadside into her with her port guns, compelled the Carondelet to strike her colors and run ashore in a sinking and crippled condition. John A. Wilson. Lieut Gift (in his interesting story of the Arkansas), furnishes many more particulars of this fight than we have space to quote. Talk about yelling and cheering, he wriron-clad Carondelet ), as the enemy would learn of our coming and swarm in the river like bees if we did not hurry. These fellows we have beaten were but skirmishers of a main army. Consequently we pushed down the river. Lieut. Commander Brown was twice wounded, though not disabled, in this action. Lieut. Gift also was wounded.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Second action of the Arkansas. (search)
sloops of war, iron-clads, gun-boats, rams, etc. In passing them we underwent a terrific fire at close range, which we answered actively, bringing every gun into action that would bear upon the enemy. The Federal ram Lancaster, running out to strike us, received a shot in her drum from one of our bow guns, which caused an escape of steam. Many of her crew leaped overboard and perished in full sight of the fleet. A shell penetrated the broken armor on our port side and exploded, wound-Lieut Gift in the right shoulder and killing most of his gun's crew. I was at the same time cut in the arm and leg by fragments of wood and iron. The heat on the gun deck from rapid firing and the concussions from shot and shell on all sides was terrific. Men and officers fought their guns, clad only in pantaloons and undershirts. Another shell exploded in front of my gun port, killing my sponger and knocking down the other men. An 11-inch solid shot entered the ship's side above my gun, smashin
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Fourth action of the Arkansas. (search)
lancing. She came into us at an enormous speed, probably fifteen miles an hour. * * * Her blow, though glancing was a heavy one; the prow or beak making a hole in our side and causing the ship to carreen and roll heavily. * * As did the Essex, so the Queen ran into the bank astern of us, and got the contents of our stern battery. More nimble than the Essex, the Queen soon backed away, returning up-stream and, getting our broadside guns ready again, she evinced no disposition to engage us further. * * Beating off these two vessels, under the circumstances, was the best achievement of the Arkansas. —Lieut. Gift. Notwithstanding her severe experiences at Vicksburg, and the fiery ordeal of those two great battles, the Arkansas could be seen, almost daily, steaming up and down the river in front of the batteries, as if in contempt of all the efforts made to destroy her. The Federal fleet had given up the siege of Vicksburg, and gone down the river towards New Orleans, or Baton Roug