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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Confederate States Navy. (search)
th of April the large iron-clad Louisiana, mounting 16 guns of the largest and most approved pattern, arrived and anchored just above the obstructions. She was in command of Commander McIntosh, of the navy. Captain Jno. K. Mitchell was placed in command of all the boats of the Confederate navy, viz: Louisiana, Manassas and McRae. The Montgomery rams were under the command of Captain Stevenson, the designer of the Manassas. The Governor Moore, of the Louisiana navy, was in charge of Lieutenant Kennon, formerly of the navy. Captain Mitchell endeavored to get control of everything afloat, but succeeded only in obtaining the consent of the other naval commanders to co-operate with him if they should think proper, but under no circumstances were they to receive or obey orders from any officer of the regular Confederate navy. The Louisiana was in an unfinished condition; several of her guns were unmounted, and a few could not be used on account of the carriages being too high for th
at carried the grave responsibility for loss of that city, and for the far graver disaster of the closing of the whole river and the blockade of the trans-Mississippi. For had the Louisiana been furnished with two companion ships of equal strength-or even had she been completely finished and not had been compelled to succumb to accidents within, while she braved the terrific fire from without — the Federal fleet might have been crushed like egg-shells; the splendid exertions of Hollins and Kennon in the past would not have been nullified; the blood of McIntosh and Huger would not have been useless sacrifice; and the homes of the smiling city and the pure vicinage of her noble daughters might not have been polluted by the presence of the commandant, who crawled in after the victorious fleet. Norfolk, however, had comeinto southern possession, by the secession of Virginia; and the vast resources of her navy-yard-only partly crippled by the haste of the Federal retreat-stimulated th
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 10: (search)
he affairs of the nation proceeded as if nothing had occurred. Among the callers at the White House soon after the occupancy by President Grant and his family was General Robert E. Lee, who came to Washington to visit his wife's kinswoman, Mrs. Kennon, of Tudor Place, Georgetown. Mrs. Kennon was the niece of George Washington Parke Custis, father of Mrs. Lee, and occupied for many years her home in Georgetown. Her husband was on board the ill-fated Princeton at the time of the explosion Mrs. Kennon was the niece of George Washington Parke Custis, father of Mrs. Lee, and occupied for many years her home in Georgetown. Her husband was on board the ill-fated Princeton at the time of the explosion of the Stockton gun during Tyler's administration, when so many distinguished persons who were members of the excursion party lost their lives. The greeting between Lee and Grant was very cordial, but General Lee could not have been otherwise than embarrassed; hence he remained but a short time. One of the first appointments made by President Grant was that of General James Longstreet as surveyor of the port of New Orleans as a recognition of the reconstructed Confederates. They were warm
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er boiler was exploded by a shot, and she drifted ashore. Soon afterwards the Varuna drove three other vessels ashore in flames, and all of them blew up. Very soon afterwards she was fiercely attacked by the ram Governor Moore. commanded by Captain Kennon, formerly of the United States navy. It raked along the Varuna's port-gangway, doing considerable damage; but Boggs soon drove her out of action, when another ram, its beak under water, struck the Varuna at the same point. The shots of th ashore in flames. Finding his own vessel sinking, he ran her into the bank, let go her anchor, and tied her bow fast to the trees. All that time her guns were at work crippling the Moore, and did not cease until the water was over the guntrucks. Then he got his wounded and crew safely on shore. the Moore was soon afterwards set on fire by Kennon, who abandoned her, leaving his wounded to perish in the flames. This was one of the most daring exploits of the war, and received great applause.
e main shaft, they have also a rotary motion on their own axes. They thus acquire what is called a planetary motion, rotating as they revolve. The grinding effect of this motion is very satisfactory, and the mullers wear nearly evenly. The effect of a simply revolving muller is to wear the fastest nearer the periphery, as that passes over a greater frictional surface in describing a larger circle. This difficulty is, however, met by Dodge's patent, described elsewhere in this article. Kennon, July 19, 1864. This, like the one immediately preceding, consists of a circular pan, through the center of which passes a vertical shaft. To the upper end of the shaft is attached a crosshead fitted with a yoke, through which a screw passes and rests upon the end of the shaft. At the ends of the cross-head, bows are attached carrying the vertical shafts, upon which are pinions gearing into a stationary wheel. At the end of each shaft are placed arms, and at their ends are irons for rece
ne. Nevertheless, they fought with desperation against the enemy's overwhelming force, until they were all driven on shore and scuttled or burned by their commanders. The Louisiana was unmanageable, and could only use two of her nine guns; so when it was perceived that nothing could prevent the enemy from breaking our line, she was run ashore, and blown up, although the enemy's broadsides had not injured her in the least. The Governor Moore, another of our boats, commanded by the brave Capt. Kennon, acted nobly among the enemy's twelve heavy sloops-of-war and gunboats, and fired its last cartridge at point-blank range, but was also run ashore and blown up, to prevent capture. The scene of confusion that ensued in New Orleans, when the people, on the morning of the 24th of April, awoke to the news that the enemy's fleet had passed the forts, and were actually approaching the city, defies all description. People were amazed, and could scarcely realize the awful fact, and ran hithe
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.17 (search)
, and the manufacture of heavy guns, forty-seven of which were used in the defences of Mobile and Charleston. At Atlanta, Ga., Lieutenant D. P. McCorkle was in charge of ordnance works for the making of shot, shell, and gun carriages. Lieutenant Kennon (and, subsequently, Lieutenant Eggleston), at New Orleans, was engaged in the manufacture of fuses, primers, fireworks, cannon, gun carriages, projectiles, and ordnance of all kinds. At Petersburg the navy established a rope walk, substiin his many daring captures by boarding, culminating in the boarding and capture of the United States gunboat Underwriter, in the Neuse River, within pistol shot of two of the enemy's forts, the night of February 1, 1864. The heroism of Huger, Kennon, Warley, Read, and others at the capture of New Orleans, fully attest the morale of the naval service, and the promise of its efficiency in a larger field, with better means of offensive action. Semmes in the Sumter and Alabama, Maffit in the
rom another negro while the two were in the cage together Ordered twenty lashes, and to be confined till further orders are given as to his disposition. David Lochley, for breaking a street lamp, was fined $3, and ordered to be kept in jail until the fine was paid and his officers called for him. William Mitchell, arrested by order of the Mayor. No offence being charged against him, his case was left for the consideration hereafter of His Honor. Moses, slave to Chamberlayne & Kennon, charged with wandering at night where his pass did not authorize him to be, was ordered 20 lashes. The case of James Glancey, arrested on suspicion of being the murderer of Henry Cronin, was continued. James Lemmon, charged with being drunk and lying on a sidewalk, was called for by his father, a respectable country gentleman, who represented that his son had been in the fight at Manassas, bore an honorable name at home, and, though guilty of imprudence in speech and conduct, was
rrived in this city Sunday by flag of truce from the North were the following officers: Colonels--1. Adams and J E Cravens, Ark; J L Hurbridge, 4th Mc cav. Lieut-Colonels--W A D N Berkley, F G Cemeron, 6th Ark. Majors — H. K Douglass. A A G Staff; J S D 14th Ala; N Carrington, 3d Vacav; H C Sa Convenalry. Captains. L G Doughty, 48th Georgia; Couch, I. B Allen, 49th B A Adam A G P 1st Miss Artillery; R 49th Ala; M J R A Q M 50th N W Carden, 1st Da Ratt's; W B Cox, H Kennon 433 Batt's Va Cavalry; C Dow 55th Va; W , 4th Ala Cavalry; G Caldwell, 9th vise: J M Cunningham, Cavalry; Jonathan Archer, 12th Ark; Wm Barter, enrolling officer; J Y Beall, Act Master, service. First Lieutenants-- N G Askew, W G Baldwin, 20th N C. C P Berkeley, 8th Va; J Brown, 28th N C; G W Bowers, 1st Tenn; C O Brooks, 11th Miss; John Carson, A D G, Lane's brigade; H Carter, 53d Va; F Cage, Wm H Brown, 3d Va; W H , 11th Miss; A P Gomer, 3d Va; K H Simmons, 21st Miss. Second
train. An affair in Charles City county. Many rumors were in circulation yesterday, of an exaggerated character, concerning an affair with the enemy in Charles City county. On application at head quarters last night we learned the following facts: On Tuesday evening a portion of Gen. Fitz Lee's cavalry moved into Charles City on a reconnaissance and found the enemy, negroes and whites, under command of Brigadier General Wild, one of the most infamous of the Yankee commanders, near Kennon's, shout forty miles from Richmond. They were strongly entrenched, having a wide ditch in front protected by abattis, and for cavalry to attack them in such a position, was, to say the least of it, a hazardous experiment. In the skirmish which ensued, our men lost some sixteen or eighteen wounded, and, finding that the enemy had every advantage, retired. The niggers and Yankees did not leave their works to pursue. Probably the Northern journals will raise a great shout over this affair,