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Historic leaves, volume 4, April, 1905 - January, 1906, Personal Experience of a Union Veteran (search)
unboat Mount Vernon, on blockade duty off Cape Fear river. She had fortunately seen the flash of our gun, but was too far off to hear the report, and immediately started to investigate. Imagination alone can picture forth our feelings of relief at having a United States gun-boat between us and the rebel fort at the mouth of Cape Fear river—not to mention the rising wind and muttering sea, which would soon reduce the good ship Mississippi to a scrap heap unless relieved at flood tide. Captain Glisson of the Mt. Vernon shook his head as hawser after hawser parted in his efforts to pull us off. You have, perhaps, one chance in a million, said the captain, to float your ship. To save his own ship he was obliged to haul off to deeper water, for he had touched bottom several times. Meanwhile our engine was working full steam ahead. The quartermaster and I were forward charged with heaving the lead. As a precaution troops were being transferred to the Mt. Vernon, for there was slight
Richard, 45. Frying-pan Shoals, 31, 35. Fuller, Mr., 67, 68. Gage, General, 86. Galley, Augustus (ship), 87. Gardner, Edward, 17, 18, 20, 22. Gardner, Henry, 18, 20. Gardner, James, 18, 20. Gardner, John, 20. Gardner, Rev., John, 20. Gardner, Lucy, 20. Gardner, Richard, 20. Gardner Row School, 14, 16, 17, 22, 94. Gardner, Samuel, 18, 19, 20, 21, 90, 94, 95, 99. Gates, Isaac, 71, 72, 91. George, 23. Gibbs, Jonathan, 95. Giles, Joseph B., 47. Gilman's Field, 11. Glisson, Captain, 33. Gloria. Patri, 3. Gloucester, Eng., 77. Gloucester, Mass., 1. Goodwin, Captain, 40. Goodwin, Deacon, David, 63, 66. Goodwin, John, 89. Gordon, Captain George A., 77. Gordon, Robert, 68, 71, 72, 92, 93, 97, 99. Gordon, Yorick S., 71, 73. Gorham, Mary, 39. Gorham, Nathaniel, 21, 42, 63, 65. Gorham, Nathaniel, Jr., 63. 66. Gorham, Hon., Nathaniel, 21, 65. Gragg, Mr., 93, 95. Graves, Thomas, 4. Gray, P. T., 70. Greaves, Doct., 83. Greaves, Katherine, 84. Grea
rder States will probably report on the subject to-morrow. Expedition up little river Inlet. The Navy Department has received dispatches stating that Lieutenant Commanding Braine recently picked up at sea, in an open boat, eight contrabands from Little River Inlet, S. C., from whom information was obtained that two schooners were preparing to run the blockade, laden with cotton and turpentine, and that the cargo was already in the warehouse, near the wharf, ready for shipment. Capt. Glisson ordered an expedition fitted out, consisting of an armed boat from each vessel, commanded by Lieuts. Braine and Bruce. The town was found deserted. The schooner at the wharf was not considered worth the trouble of bringing away. They found at the wharf and warehouses two hundred barrels of turpentine, sixty bales of cotton, and fifty-three barrels of rosin, the whole of which was destroyed by fire, valued at about $50,000. M'Clellan's campaign. The visit of the President to G
nd took with them nothing in the way of provisions — not even a piece of hard bread. They had not been on the land three hours--some a less time than that — before orders were issued to re-embark. The re-embarkation of the troops. On Sunday night, the troops that had landed during the day were busily engaged getting themselves back to the transports. The night was dark and stormy, and by no means propitious for such an undertaking. All of the small boats of the vessels under Captain Glisson were brought into the service, and the work of re-embarking progressed as fast as wind and weather would admit. In the meantime the rebels in Fort Fisher would occasionally send a shot howling down the beach. At six o'clock in the morning all of the troops, with the exception of nearly five hundred, had been placed again on board of the transports. The five hundred could not be got off to-day in consequence of the tremendous swell of the sea, which made it utterly impossible for a bo
The Daily Dispatch: February 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Yankee Reasons for the fall of Fort Fisher. (search)
on; and had till 3 1-2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon to get ready to assault the fort. The fleet co-operated with Terry, and enabled him to throw this line of defence across the Peninsula, to protect an assault he was going to make with just five times as many men as Butler had to assault with. The Baltimore American records: "An order was received from the Admiral to proceed in shore to cover the encampments of the troops from any assault by Bragg from Wilmington.--Should he come, Captain Glisson will, with the one hundred and twenty-three guns at his command, give him a warm reception." Butler had but one thousand two hundred men to assault with, having left one thousand as a thin line of defence against an attack in his rear. The fire of the fleet in the first expedition had done the fort no injury what over, and had disabled but two of its seventy-two guns. In the second expedition, as Secretary Stanton says: "The sea front of the fort had been been greatly