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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The First iron-clad Monitor. (search)
a-half millions of dollars, to carry his recommendation into effect. On the seventh of August an advertisement was issued, inviting plans and proposals for armed vessels. On the next day, the eighth of August, a board of naval officers was appointed to receive and report upon the plans which might be submitted within twenty-five days. Commodore Joseph Smith, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, was the senior officer and chairman of this Board, and with him were associated Commodore Hiram Paulding and Captain Charles H. Davis. All were officers of merit, but Commodore Smith, in addition to great nautical and civil experience, possessed a singularly mechanical and practical mind. On him devolved, ultimately, the chief responsibility and supervision of the execution of the plans adopted. My personal relations and acquaintance with him were not only friendly, but I may say intimate. We were each made Chief of a Naval Bureau, in the spring of 1846, and from the acquaintance t
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The ram Tennessee at Mobile Bay. (search)
y Yard. We reached our destination after a pleasant passage of five or six days, and on arrival the commander of the steamer, Captain Tarbox, reported to Admiral Hiram Paulding, commandant of the yard. On returning to the steamer he informed me that he had obtained the admiral's permission to escort the party to the navy yard atrren, the commanding officer, Major A. A. Gibson, inquired the cause of our being in irons, and upon being informed that they were placed upon us by order of Admiral Paulding, he made the further inquiry whether or, not we had been guilty of any rebellious conduct as prisoners of war; this being answered in the negative, he replie after becoming settled in my new quarters I addressed a communication to the Secretary of the Navy, inquiring whether or not he had authorized the action of Admiral Paulding, which was answered by Assistant-Secretary Fox, who disavowed the act, but excused it on the ground of repeated attempts of prisoners to escape. An order
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
effect of treachery and weakness, 394. Admiral Paulding stormy events at Norfolk, 395. burning In the mean time, Captain, now (1885) Rear-Admiral Paulding had arrived from Washington with instrame day, in accordance with advice offered by Paulding, the frigate Cumberland, which had been anchog these precautionary arrangements completed, Paulding returned to Washington. The Merrimack beinThis work had been just accomplished when Captain Paulding again appeared. As soon as the Secretary of the Navy heard of Hiram Paulding. the detention of the Merrimack--that fatal error, as he called it — he dispatched Paulding in the Pawnee with orders to relieve McCauley, and, with such officersing into the hands of the insurrectionists. Paulding added to his crew, at Washington, one hundredevery vessel afloat might have been saved. Paulding saw at a glance the fatal error, if error it e Cumberland in tow; and twenty minutes later Paulding sent up a rocket from the Pawnee, which was t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 2: bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter.--destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard by the Federal officers. (search)
k Navy Yard. the Navy Department powerless. Commodore Paulding summoned. hostile attitude of the people of situation, summoned to the Navy Department Commodore Hiram Paulding, a loyal officer, but who was now declinin only energy of mind but great bodily vigor. Commodore Paulding broke up the conclave which was in the habit , was now the very hotbed of secession. Commodore Hiram Paulding. The Southern officers could hardly rest while the Pawnee of fifteen guns had brought Commodore Paulding from Washington with instructions to save whae could and act as he thought proper. When Commodore Paulding arrived at the Navy Yard he found that all thked! The whole thing looked so hopeless to Commodore Paulding that, in view of the orders he had received fful alternative to that faithful old officer, Commodore Paulding, who abhorred everything in the shape of rebe loyalty of those gallant old seamen, McCauley and Paulding, for undoubtedly they had the best interests of th
re new Dahlgren guns, and the remainder were of old patterns. Captain Paulding walked about among them on the 18th of April, and estimated thr the future use of the Rebels. The steam frigate Pawnee, Capt. Hiram Paulding, left Washington on the evening of the 19th, and arrived, atriver to the Navy Yard, which she reached soon after 8 o'clock. Capt. Paulding had instructions from the Secretary of the Navy, directing him ing been reserved to bear away the expectant fugitives. Still, Capt. Paulding might have held his position a week against all the traitors ye. A. Wise Since, of the Naval Ordnance Bureau. had accompanied Capt. Paulding from Washington, and was detailed by him, on or before their ar orlop deck. He returned immediately, and reported the fact to Capt. Paulding, who thereupon decided to desist from further attempts to save gh that not one of them was or could thus be rendered useless. Capt. Paulding now recalled the order he had given Lieut. Wise to blow up the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Norfolk, destruction of (search)
abeth River, below Norfolk, to prevent the government vessels leaving the stream. The government, alarmed, sent Capt. Hiram Paulding from Washington with instructions for McCauley to lose no time in arming the Merrimac, and in getting the Plymouthe, if necessary, any and all attempts to seize it, whether by mob violence, organized effort, or any assumed authority. Paulding caused the frigate Cumberland to be placed, with a full crew and armament on board, so as to command the entire navy-yaris was done at 4 P. M. the Cumberland only was spared. Word had reached Washington of the remissness of McCauley, and Paulding was despatched in the Pawnee with 100 marines to relieve the commodore. At Fort Monroe he took on board 350 Massachuset just arrived, but when he reached Norfolk the scuttling of the vessels was completed. They might all have been saved. Paulding saw the fatal error. He saw that more than scuttling must be performed to render the ships useless to the Confederates.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Paulding, Hiram 1797-1878 (search)
Paulding, Hiram 1797-1878 Naval officer; born in New York City, Dec. 11, 1797; entered the United States navy as midshipman in September, 1811; was under Macdonough, on Lake Champlain, and received a sword from Congress for his services there. He accompanied Porter against the pirates in the West Indies in 1823, and became ma61). In command of the navyyard at Brooklyn (1862-65) he did excellent service in preparing ships for the different squadrons, and in 1866 was governor of the Philadelphia Naval Asylum. Admiral Paulding was a son of John Paulding, one of the captors of Major Hiram Paulding. Andre. He died in Huntington, L. I., Oct. 20, 1878.61). In command of the navyyard at Brooklyn (1862-65) he did excellent service in preparing ships for the different squadrons, and in 1866 was governor of the Philadelphia Naval Asylum. Admiral Paulding was a son of John Paulding, one of the captors of Major Hiram Paulding. Andre. He died in Huntington, L. I., Oct. 20, 1878.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Louisiana, (search)
New Orleans; office of Spanish paper La Patria destroyed......Aug. 21, 1851 Convention to revise constitution meets at Baton Rouge......July 5, 1852 University of Louisiana chartered......1853 Commercial convention of Southern and Southwestern States meets at New Orleans......Jan. 8, 1855 William Walker, with his expedition, leaves New Orleans, ostensibly for Mobile, but really for Nicaragua, eluding the United States authorities......Nov. 11, 1857 Walker surrenders to Com. Hiram Paulding; indignation meetings at New Orleans, Mobile, and other Southern cities......Dec. 8, 1857 Political disturbance in New Orleans; 500 men as a vigilance committee seize the court-house and State arsenal; Knownothing party occupy Lafayette Square......June 4-5, 1858 Legislature in extra session provides for a State convention and votes $500,000 to organize military companies; Wirt Adams, commissioner from Mississippi, asks the legislature to join in secession......December, 1860
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), The blockade and the cruisers. (search)
News of the loss of the Ashuelot is received as this volume is going to press. and Monocacy still represent this class in the service The fifth and last measure for the increase of the naval force was the construction of ironclads. Congress had passed, at the extra session in August, an appropriation of a million and a half dollars for armored vessels, to be built upon plans approved by a board of officers. The board was composed of three of the ablest captains in the service, Smith, Paulding, and Davis. Out of a large number of plans proposed, three were selected by the board and ordered by the Department. Upon these plans were built the New Ironsides, the Galena, and the Monitor. Most of the measures, as outlined above, refer to the first year of the war; but these five types of vessels, converted merchantmen, sloops, gunboats, double-enders, and ironclads, represent the additions to the sea-going navy during the four years. There was also an immense liver fleet, composed
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 3: (search)
s put on board the Cumberland. On the next day, the Southern officers on duty at the Yard resigned or deserted; the destruction or removal of the property was continued; and finally, the four ships were scuttled. Already on the 18th, Commodore Hiram Paulding had been directed by the Department to proceed to Norfolk with the Pawnee, then lying at Washington, and take command of the vessels, using force, if necessary, to prevent them from falling into the hands of the enemy. He was also ordeof the danger, with extraordinary presence of mind, called out to the commanding officer, asking him to cheer the approaching vessel. In an instant it was done; and the Pawnee was saved from what seemed an inevitable catastrophe. It had been Paulding's intention to make a disposition of the vessels at various points between Norfolk and the mouth of the river in such a way as to command the channel. He would have been able to hold this position until the arrival of the newly-chartered steame
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