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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 707 3 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 112 0 Browse Search
Jefferson Davis, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government 89 1 Browse Search
Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 87 5 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 73 1 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4. 67 5 Browse Search
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 44 4 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 37 1 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3. 29 1 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore) 28 0 Browse Search
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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 8: capture of Fernandina and the coast South of Georgia. (search)
e of success against the enemy unless he is well supported by his officers; and as Dupont up to this time had been everywhere successful, we must give a portion of the credit to those who served under his command. That Dupont was fortunate in his selection, the names of Captain C. H. Davis, Commanders John Rodgers, Drayton, C. R. P. Rodgers, Godon, Parrott, Steedman, Gillis, Prentiss, Lieutenants-Commanding Balch, Stevens, Ammen, Nicholson, Truxton, Rhind, Bankhead, Conroy,Watmough, Budd, Semmes and Phoenix, in command of vessels,will show, besides the junior officers mentioned favorably by their commanding officers. Nearly all the commanding officers reached high rank, and the youngest of them are now well up on the list of commodores and captains. Eleven of them attained the rank of rear-admiral; and of these six are still living, have retired from active duty, and are reaping the reward of faithful service. They will figure again in the course of this narrative, as their
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 9: operations of Admiral Dupont's squadron in the sounds of South Carolina. (search)
e information required by this expedition was gained without loss of life or injury to the gun-boats. Surveys and examinations were made up Wright and Mud Rivers by Commander John Rodgers, and a great amount of good service done. The officers and boats' crews were in continual danger from the fire of bush-whacking Confederates, who were always ready for a fight. The names of Commanders John Rodgers, Drayton, C. R. P. Rodgers, Godon, Rhind, Stevens, Balch, Ammen, Truxton, Watmough, and Semmes, were conspicuous wherever a Confederate shot was heard, or wherever there was a chance to gain a point on the enemy. Heavy knocks were received by our gunboats from Confederate flying batteries, which would often make desperate stands behind earthworks thrown up for the occasion. The long steel shot from their Whitworth guns would pass easily through the sides of our vessels and inflict death or injury on all around. These attacks were, in most instances, followed by summary punishment
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
ous for all the blockade runners that had early in the war commenced to swarm upon the coast like bees about the honey flowers. But they were disappointed in their expectations, for as early as June, 1861, Commodore McKean sent the Powhatan, Lieut. D. D. Porter, to close up the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi, and Commander U. S. Sloop of war Brooklyn, off Pensacola. Charles Poor, in the Brooklyn, to blockade Pass à l'outre. It was through the latter channel that the Sumter, Captain Semmes, escaped to sea, while the Brooklyn was off in chase of a strange sail, and she was thus enabled to commence her career of havoc on American commerce. This drew the attention of the Navy Department particularly to the mouths of the Mississippi, and a small squadron of vessels (quite inadequate for the purpose) was appointed to blockade the different passes. The river Mississippi divides into several channels before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, and this division takes place at a poi
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
il war based on State Rights theories. Commander Semmes resigned his commission in the United Stay of the Navy, readily agreed to all that Commander Semmes proposed; for the latter, being much the , yet the latter vessel did not fire a gun. Semmes naturally supposed that as soon as the Brooklyt, for even the Spaniards had been deceived by Semmes' ruse. The Confederate commander replied in ty by the popping of champagne corks. Yet Commander Semmes was not happy, though he regretted less tn employment. After waiting an hour or two, Semmes thought he would go to quarters and fire a few the Emperor. The only feeling excited in us, Semmes remarks, by this official slight was of contem the Mediterranean bound through the Straits. Semmes could not think of going into Gibraltar withouting commander, the tide gradually turned, and Semmes wore out his welcome. Two Federal gun-boats we authorities at home. When it was found that Semmes had no money to purchase coal, the sympathizer[145 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
's commerce. Semmes' career in the old Navy. Semmes in England. takes passage for Nassau. receivw they would be safe from molestation. When Semmes arrived in England he found that a commission engaged in the same business. A week after Semmes left Liverpool he was in Porto Praya, where hef New Bedford), and she was soon destroyed. Semmes did not in this case wait even long enough to as committed to the flames. Up to this time Semmes had destroyed twelve valuable vessels, with th junk fleet (as the grain ships were called by Semmes' men). This vessel approached the Alabama unsu. The prize at first seemed an elephant, as Semmes would lose too much time if he attempted to trad hove — to and were sending boats on shore. Semmes immediately got up steam and proceeded in searre always considered by the Admiralty Court in Semmes' cabin as not only stupid and malicious, but pes Government. We have endeavored to do Captain Semmes no injustice, but simply to state our impr[161 more...]
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)
as decided that the enemy were in too strong force, that further efforts would not be profitable, and therefore the troops should be withdrawn from John's Island. These operations lasted about six days, during which there was a good deal of hard work and the usual display of gallantry on the part of the Navy, under the guns of which the Army safely re embarked. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren speaks handsomely of his staff, and particularly mentions the services of Commander Balch and Lieutenant-Commanders Semmes, Fillebrown, A. W. Johnson, R. L. Phythian, and Acting-Masters Phinney and Furber. This was about the last operation of any importance that occurred in the South Atlantic squadron up to October 22, when the account of its operations for the year ended. Some minor expeditions were undertaken — in one of which the brig Perry lost fifteen men in killed, wounded and prisoners — and in another a schooner loaded with cotton was set on fire and burned by a party of brave fellows; but
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 51 (search)
the fact that these cruisers were now and then destroying British goods in Federal vessels. They were willing to suffer the smaller evil that the greater good might accrue to English commerce, which it was hoped would, through the destruction of American shipping, have a monopoly all over the world. If British goods, properly documented, were not respected on board American vessels, the end would be the destruction of all American commerce — as was seen by the unhesitating manner in which Semmes directed every vessel he captured, and chose to consider subject to condemnation, to be consigned to the flames. There is a certain amount of respect which every civilized nation demands for its commerce — that it shall only be captured by belligerents under certain laws laid down for the protection of neutrals, and the country having its commerce subjected to captures is in duty bound to see that the law is respected; while it is the duty of each belligerent to instruct its naval command
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 54: capture of Richmond.--the destruction of the Confederate fleet in the James River, etc. (search)
Confederate fleet as re-organized under Rear-Admiral Semmes. Richmond enveloped. attack on Peterstructions in the River. Richmond evacuated. Semmes' instructions from the Confederate Secretary oher have to be blown up or surrendered. Admiral Semmes assumed command of the James River fleet oerate side of the story, as told by Rear-Admiral Raphael Semmes, who certainly ought to have known something about the matter. Admiral Semmes states that when sitting down to his dinner on board hisfice, Richmond, Va., April 2, 1865. Rear-Admiral Raphael Semmes, Commanding James River Squadron: early the same evening, which doubtless caused Semmes to expedite his movements. He signalled for auspicions of the Federals might be excited. Semmes remarks: The sun was shining brightly, the afterything around them, and leaving in a hurry. Semmes had originally intended to sink his vessels qung a united country. Notwithstanding Rear-Admiral Semmes, in his Memoirs, dilates on the joy of [4 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
usual time allowed these vessels; although Captain Semmes had been allowed to do pretty much as he past scene in the terrible drama inaugurated by Semmes and finished by Waddell. The story of the Coning vessels of war, so the plan inaugurated by Semmes has made an entire change in the class of vesst likely to forget the lesson taught us by Captain Semmes, with his carefully-considered plan of opeife on board the Confederate cruisers, for Captain Semmes' voluminous narrative of the Sumter and Althe glamour attending the remarkable cruise of Semmes, Waddell, in the Shenandoah, has almost been lost sight of. Captain Semmes lost no opportunity of advertising himself through the vessels he bonded States Government could get a vessel there. Semmes frequented some of the best-known ports, where having its effect there, but not exactly what Semmes wanted. Semmes pursued this course. without Semmes pursued this course. without attempt at concealment, until his vessel was sunk by the Kearsarge. Waddell, in the Shenandoah, p