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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., The Confederate Government at Montgomery. (search)
obtaining these ships was thrown away. They were engaged by the British Government. To show the narrow spirit of those in office, an incident concerning Captain Maffit, who figured afterward in command of the Florida, may be mentioned. In May, after the reduction of Fort Sumter, Maffit came from Washington to offer his servMaffit came from Washington to offer his services, and when he met the Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Attorney-General until Sept. 17th, 1861; Second Secretary of War; Third Secretary of State. From a photograph. writer was in a state of indignation and disgust. He said that after having been caressed and offered a command in the Pacific, he had sneaked away from Washington to join the Confederacy, and that he had been received by the Secretary of the Navy as if he (Maffit) had designs upon him. The Secretary of War has stated that before the Government moved from Montgomery 366,000 men, the flower of the South, had tendered their services in the army. Only a small fraction of the number were r
Thomas C. DeLeon, Four years in Rebel capitals: an inside view of life in the southern confederacy, from birth to death., Chapter 31: the Chinese-Wall blockade, abroad and at home. (search)
scarce-turning wheels, they would drop down the Cape Fear, at night, to within a hundred yards of the looming blockade giant. Then, putting on all steam, they would rush by him, trusting to speed and surprise to elude pursuit and distract his aimand ho! for the open sea. This was a service of keen excitement and constant danger; demanding clear heads and iron nerves. Both were forthcoming, especially from navy volunteers; and many were the hair-breadth ‘scapes that made the names of Maffit, Wilkinson and their confreres, household words among the rough sea-dogs of Wilmington. Savannah suffered least of the fair Atlantic sisterhood, from the blockade. The early capture of her .river forts blocked access to her wharves, almost effectually; though occasional steamers still slipped up to them. Yet, she was in such easy reach of her more open neighbors, as to reap part of the bad fruits with which they were so overstocked. These proud southern cities had ever been famed t
Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, May, 1863. (search)
r for firewood. We did nothing but this all day long, the captain being afraid to go on, and unwillingto return. In the evening a new alarm seized him-viz., that the Federal cavalry had cut off the Confederate line of couriers. During the night we remained in the same position as last night, head up stream, and ready to be off at a moment's notice. One of the passengers on board this steamer was Captain Barney, of the Confederate States Navy, who has since, I be-lieve, succeeded Captain Maffit in the command of the Flo-rida. 13th may, 1863 (Wednesday). There was a row on board last night; one of the officers having been too attentive to a lady, had to skedaddle suddenly into the woods, in order to escape the fury of her protector, and he has not thought it advisable to reappear. My trusty companion for several days, the poor young Missourian, was taken ill to-day, and told me he had a right smart little fever on him. I doctored him with some of the physic which Mr. M
st get my wardrobe ready and go on board the steamer, adding at the same time that the boat was ready, and in five minutes from the time we were boarded all hands were transferred to the steamer. As soon as I was aboard the Florida I went to Captain Maffit and told him that our cargo was principally British, and asked him to bond the ship and let us proceed; but. he refused decidedly, saying that since Lincoln had decided that the bonds of the Ariel were null and void, he had determined to bond to be well conducted in his department. Her armament consists of six sixty-eights and two one hundred and twenties, all rifled and of British manufacture. I think they trust more to running away than they do to fighting with their undisciplined crew. With the exception of being plundered, I was treated with courtesy by Captain Maffit and his officers. All hands except the mate and myself were put in irons, but after the first day were let out at times, until the B. F. Hoxie was captured.
bars, and at the same time gave her a broadside. Her men ran from their after pivot and sought protection behind the ship's bulwarks. But the weather was in their favor, for just then the fog came down so dense that the Ericsson could not be seen, so all we could do was to wait till it cleared up. But judge our astonishment when it did clear up, to see the Yankee about five or six miles ahead of us, and travelling for Sandy Hook. Now it was we felt the need of good coal. Our brave Captain Maffit offered one thousand five hundred dollars for fifteen pounds of steam, but we could not get but eight and ten pounds, although we used pitch and rosin. All hands were anxious to catch her, for she had been sent out to catch rebel cruisers, but she caught a tartar this time. But we had the pleasure of burning two vessels under her nose — the brig N. B. Nash, from New-York, and the whaling schooner Rienzi, from Provincetown; but the crew, however, had left when they saw us burn the brig.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Songs of the rebels: the Florida's Cruise. (search)
w, They also all knew, and they thought they were sure They'd blocked in the Florida safe and secure. Huzza! huzza! for the Florida's crew! We'll range with bold Maffit the world through and through. Nine cruisers they had, and they lay off the bar, Their long line to seaward extending so far; And Preble, he said, as he shut his eyes tight: “I'm sure they're all hammocked this bitter cold night.” Bold Maffit commanded — a man of great fame, He sailed in the Dolphin — you've heard of the same; He called us all aft, and these words he did say: “I'm bound to run out, boys; up anchor, away!” Our hull was well whitewashed, our sails were all stowed, Our sink his gunboats are not worth a damn. The Mary Jane Colcord to Capetown was bound, We bade her heave to, though, and swing her yards round; And to Davy Jones's locker, without more delay, We sent her afire, and so sailed on our way. Huzza huzza! for the Florida's crew! We'll range with bold Maffit the world through a
advantages, nor had he been provided with the light-draft steamers, row-boats, and other facilities, really needed for the improvement of his signal victory. He did not even occupy Beaufort until December 6th, nor Tybee Island, commanding the approach to Savannah, until December 20th; on which day, a number of old hulks of vessels were sunk in the main ship channel leading up to Charleston between Morris and Sullivan's islands — as others were, a few days afterward, in the passage known as Maffit's channel — with intent to impede the midnight flitting of blockade-runners. These obstructions were denounced in Europe as barbarous, but proved simply inefficient. Meantime, the slaveholders of all the remaining Sea Islands stripped them of slaves and domestic animals, burned their cotton, and other crops which they were unable to remove, and fled to Charleston and the interior. Not a slaveholder on all that coast remained himself, or left his family to live once more, under the flag
islets of this character, round which reedy creeks and rivers wind. With Sullivan's island on our right, we run the eye up to its upper or north end, formed by Breach inlet. Guarding this point, is Breach inlet battery — a powerful sand-work, having a circular, dome-like, bomb-proof magazine in its center. It is, however, three miles from the entrance of the harbor, and will not be able to molest our ships on their passage. Its chief value has been to aid blockade-runners; as it covers Maffit's channel (the passage through which the great majority of these craft run in) from the approach of our blockaders. At present, it will serve to oppose our landing troops at Breach inlet, should the attempt be made. Coming down along the shore of Sullivan's island, from Breach inlet, we next reach Fort Beauregard, a powerful sand battery, mounting very heavy guns, and situated on the turn of the island a little right of the Moultrie House hotel, from which it is separated only by five inte
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 16.-twenty-sixth Penn. Regiment. (search)
Doc. 16.-twenty-sixth Penn. Regiment. The following is a list of the officers:-- Colonel, William F. Small; Lieut.-Colonel, Rush Van Dyke; Major, Casper M. Berry; Adjutant, Joseph Dickenson; Surgeon, S. J. W. Mintzer; Assistant-Surgeon, S. Cohen; Quartermaster, J. L. Adler; Sergeant-Major, S. Wigner; Quartermaster-Sergeant, S. Hamilton; Commissary, R. L. Bodine; Chaplain, Rev. Mr. Beck; Hospital Steward, L. Gerhard; and Captains: Maffit, Co. A; Adams, Co. B; Young. Co. C; Swink, Co. D; Ramlin, Co. E; Thomas, Co. F; Goodfellow, Co. G; Tilghman, Co. H; Webb, Co. I; and Grubb, Co. K.--National Intelligencer, June 20.
Capt. Davis was one of the commission, and for three or four years was engaged in these operations. The present attempt was of somewhat different character. The plan adopted by him may be easily understood by reference to a chart of the harbor, or by the following description: The entrance by the main ship channel runs from the bar to Fort Sumter, six miles, nearly south and north. The city is three miles beyond, bearing about N. W. The other channels are Sanford's, Swash, the North, and Maffit's, or Sullivan's Island, which need not to be particularly described. Only the latter is practicable for vessels of any draught, but all serve more or less to empty the waters discharged by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Over the bar, at the entrance of the main ship channel, is a narrow passage, through which vessels may carry eleven feet at low water; about seventeen at high water. The plan of Capt. Davis for closing the harbor proceeded on the following principles: First.--The obstru
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