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near Winchester, Va., and succeeded in capturing four men and thirty horses.--Baltimore American. Major-General Sumner, commanding the right grand division of the army of the Potomac at Fredericksburgh, Va., in reply to a communication from the Mayor and Common Council of that town, praying that the town should not be fired upon informed them that he was authorized to say that so long as no hostile demonstration was made from the town it would not be shelled.--(Doc. 54.) Commander Foxhall A. Parker, of the steamer Mahaska, in conjunction with a body of land forces under Brigadier-General Naglee, made an expedition into Mathew County Va., and together destroyed twelve salt-works, with a large quantity of salt, burned five schooners, two sloops, and a number of scows and boats, and captured a lighter and twenty-four large canoes. They also destroyed a vessel on the stocks.--Report of Admiral Lee. A party of rebels made an attack upon the National forces near Halltown, Va
April 22. An expedition up the Rappahannock River, under the command of Foxhall A. Parker, commanding the Potomac flotilla, terminated this day. The following communication detailing the facts connected with it, was made by the commander in charge: Having learned, from various sources, that the rebel government had established a ferry at Circus Point, a few miles below Tappahannock, on the Rappahannock River, and was busily engaged in collecting boats at some point on the river for the purpose of attacking the blockading vessels, I proceeded thither with a portion of this flotilla, on the eighteenth instant, where I remained until this evening, visiting both banks of the river and all its various creeks, (some of which I was told had not before been entered during the war,) from Circus Point to Windmill Point, with the following result: Two ferries broken up, seven large lighters, (each capable of carrying one hundred men, three pontoon-boats, twenty-two large skiffs and
April 27. Acting Master Hill, commanding the United States steamer Currituck, of the Potomac flotilla, succeeded in destroying two thousand bushels of grain, which was in process of transportation to Richmond.--Com. Parker's Report. The English schooner O. K. was captured by the National vessel Union, off the coast of Florida.--the army under General Banks, including the forces of General A. J. Smith, returned to Alexandria, La.--(Doc. 131.)
The English schooner Miriam was captured in lat. 25° 25′ N. long. 84° 30′, W., by the National vessel Honeysuckle. An expedition, under the command of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Hooker, sent to Carter's Creek from the Potomac flotilla, succeeded in destroying eleven boats and canoes, a large quantity of grain, and a number of log-huts, which had been used as barracks by the rebel soldiers. In approaching these, Acting Master Street, who had charge of the landing party, consisting of twenty-five seamen, fell in with a company of rebel cavalry, who, mistaking his force for the advance-guard of a much larger one, put spurs to their horses and fled. Lieutenant Hooker well planned the expedition, and Acting Master Street displayed boldness and decision in carrying it out.--Com. Parker's Report. Considerable excitement was caused in Richmond, Va., to-day, by the presence of the rebel government impressing agents for the collection of horses for the use of General Lee's
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Early operations on the Potomac River. (search)
s unable to dislodge the Confederates from their positions, and although the navigation of the river was not actually closed to armed vessels, a virtual blockade of Washington, as the Potomac was concerned, was maintained until March, 1862, when the Confederate forces retired to the line of the Rappahannock River. The guns were then removed from the batteries, and the George Page was burnt. During the remainder of the war, the Potomac flotilla, commanded successively by Commodore A. A. Harwood and Commanders R. H. Wyman and Foxhall A. Parker, was chiefly occupied in patrolling the river and the adjacent waters to insure the safety of water communication from Washington, and to prevent contraband trade between the frontiers. It seconded the operations of the army at various points, and occasionally its vessels had smart brushes with the enemy, but its principal occupation was that of a water-police, and its efforts were mainly directed against illicit trade and guerrilla warfare.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The army before Charleston in 1863. (search)
t Battery Wagner, and the second parallel on the night of the 23d by the flying sap, about six hundred yards in advance of the first. Eleven of the breaching guns against Fort Sumter were located in these two parallels, and the other seven to the left and rear of the first parallel. Those in the second parallel were perilously near to Battery Wagner, the most advanced piece being only 820 yards distant from the guns of that work. One of the batteries was efficiently commanded by Commander Foxhall A. Parker, U. S. N. On the night of August 9th the position selected for the third parallel was reached by the flying sap, 330 yards in advance of the right of the second parallel. It was deemed inexpedient to push the approaches beyond this point until after the breaching batteries should open on Fort Sumter. From this time forward the fire from the enemy's guns in our front and on our extreme left was severe and. almost uninterrupted. So incessant had it become that many officers and
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
ge force kept in and about Hampton Roads. From September 1st up to January there was but little of moment to report in the North Atlantic squadron, beyond the operations in the sounds of North Carolina and the naval expedition under Commander Foxhall A. Parker, off Yorktown, which proved successful, the Navy being of much service to the Army contingent under General Negley; also a successful military expedition up the Neuse River under General Foster, in which the Navy participated, with muc. Knowlton; Engineers: Acting-First-Assistant, Geo. B. Orswell; Acting-Second-Assistant, J. F. Powers; Acting-Third-Assistants, H. F. Hayden and John Whitaker; Acting-Gunner, Wm. Fisk; Carpenter, Theo. D. Wilson. Steamer Mahaska. Commander, Foxhall A. Parker; Lieutenants, N. H. Farquhar and E. C. V. Blake; Assistant Surgeon, John C. Spear; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, Chas. Fairchild; Acting-Master, Benj. Dyer; Acting-Ensigns, N. W. Black and Frederick Elliott; Acting-Master's Mates, G. E. Fr
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
ce it is probable that the enemy concentrated their fire on the Ironsides and Catskill. No mention is made in Rear-Admiral Dahlgren's report of the establishment of a naval battery against Sumter. but there was one under command of Commander Foxhall A. Parker, and it performed good service. That battery fired, on the 17th of August, 170 shells and 125 solid shot against the exposed face of Sumter, doing much damage. Commander Parker was assisted in this service by Lieutenant E. T. Brower,Commander Parker was assisted in this service by Lieutenant E. T. Brower, Ensign James Wallace and Acting-Ensign Owens, who deserve great credit for the work they performed for fifteen hours under a burning sun. Though great efforts were made to reduce Wagner, Sumter and Gregg, these strong works stood apparently as defiant as ever, notwithstanding the great shot seams that could be seen in Sumter's side. It was pretty well ascertained from Gillmore's batteries, by the aid of good glasses, that it had been rudely dealt with; yet, though sixty more heavy guns were
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
were invaluable, as the fire of their guns prevented the access of reinforcements, or their accumulation between Wagner and Gregg; and, in fact, without the assistance of the Navy, the Army would not have been able to maintain its position a day without further reinforcements. The boats of the squadron were engaged on picket duty by night along the sea-shore of Morris Island, and in the little stream on its inner border. A detachment of seamen and marines were also engaged, under Commander F. A. Parker. in the attack on the batteries at Fort Sumter, working four Navy rifled cannon that had been landed for the purpose. Besides the principal attacks made on Wagner, there were few days from the first attack on Morris Island (July 10) to its evacuation (September 7) that some ironclads or gun-boats were not engaged with the enemy's works. The following table will exhibit the work done by the fleet from July 18th to September 8th: Date. 1863. Object. Vessels engaged. July
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 51 (search)
4. The Potomac Flotilla during 1864 remained under the command of Commander Foxhall A. Parker, a valuable officer, who conducted the affairs of his little squadroies involved in patroling the Potomac, the Rappahannock River was added to Commander Parker's district. There was at one time an extensive contraband trade between craft would, nine times out of ten, carry the day. In these operations Commander Parker made his mark, assisted mostly by gallant volunteer officers, who, towardsated to this kind of warfare. Had a larger field of operations offered to Commander Parker, he was just the man who would have done infinite credit to himself and haed himself to be efficient in whatever Commander (afterwards Commodore) Foxhall A. Parker, commanding the Potomac flotilla. position he was placed. There were manraced in this statement. Potomac flotilla, January 1, 1864. Commander Foxhall A. Parker. Steamer Ella. Acting-Master, J. H. Eldredge; Paymaster, J.
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